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ERIC Number: EJ778398
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Nov
Pages: 14
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 49
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Gender, Policy and Initial Teacher Education
Skelton, Christine
Gender and Education, v19 n6 p677-690 Nov 2007
An examination of gender discourses within New Labour education policy on the preparation of students for a career in teaching in the UK reveals a contradictory yet, at the same time, complementary position. In the guidelines outlining the Standards that a prospective teacher has to achieve, the ways in which gender informs pupils' educational opportunities is "played down" in that it is not addressed directly. Rather "gender," along with ethnicity, social class, disability and sexuality is embedded within the broader concept of "diversity." At the same time, gender is foregrounded in education policy on the recruitment of teachers with the drive by the Training and Development Agency to encourage men into primary schools. This article explores these tensions and relates these to the published research on the experiences of male primary teachers. It concludes by arguing for a recognition of student/practicing teachers' real concerns regarding the gender issues which influence and inform their professional choices and careers rather than those set by the Government agenda. (Contains 1 table and 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom