”Nordic Challenges, Future Possibilities – Gender Awareness in Schools and Teacher Education”
9.3.2011 Jyväskylä, Finland
In Nordic countries, gender equality is seen as a value to be cherished and the advancement of it has been made a task for the schools and teacher education. Despite of many projects, legal demands and recommendations gender equality is still a future aim. Sometimes in schools and in teacher education there are tendencies of thinking, that gender equality is already achieved, and teachers know, how to treat people equally without specific training. The research on school practices have, on the other hand, made it clear that all sort of problematic inequalities, hierarchies and divisions related to gender and other differences are maintained in schools and educational institutions. Teacher education seldom gives enough tools to tackle with these issues and problems, and it fails to support teacher’s abilities to become gender aware and advance equality in school practices.
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The conference ”Nordic Challenges, Future Possibilities – Gender Awareness in Schools and Teacher Education” aims to open discussion based on recent Nordic research on what is the current situation of gender awareness in schools and teacher training, and how to find the way to the better future. In the conference, specialists introduce research findings and new ideas on how pedagogical practises and teacher education should be developed. In Nordic societies and school systems there are several similarities and the co-operation between Nordic researchers have been active in the field of education. The co-operation of joint development between school researchers and teacher educators started in the 1980’s, and in the beginning of 1990’s a Nordic project on gender aware teacher education (Nord Lilia) was successful. Now it is time to look back and think what has changed in the last 15 years and what should be done in the near future. The aim of the conference is to analyse the current situation and future plans from different Nordic viewpoints, to distribute knowledge on successful ideas and practices and find ways to advance the co-operation between school researchers and teacher educators.
The conference is part of the implementation of the Nordic gender equality cooperation programme 2011-2014 and it is partly financed by the Nordic Council of Ministers. The conference is organised by the “Gender Awareness in Teacher Education” project funded by the Finnish Ministry of Education and Culture. The project aims to support the development of gender aware teacher education (http://wiki.helsinki.fi/display/tasuko). All universities offering teacher training in Finland are partners in the project. The project leader is professor Elina Lahelma and the project is located in the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki.
The conference “Nordic Challenges, Future Possibilities – Gender Awareness in Schools and Teacher Education” will be organized in 9.3.2011 in Jyväskylä (Central Finland). It is free of charge and all are welcome to join in. The last day of the registration is 25.2.2011.
The conference will be organized in connection to the Nordic Educational Research Association (NERA) Conference (10-12.3.2011). NERA conference: http://www.hotelzon.com/fi/confedent/nera2011/
In the main conference there will be Gender and Education Network sessions with interesting papers. The main conference fee is to be paid by the participants themselves. Through the NERA conference web site you will find information on accommodation, travel and the city of Jyväskylä. Accommodation and travel arrangements are expected to be organised by the participants of the “Nordic Challenges, Future Possibilities – Gender Awareness in Schools and Teacher Education” conference themselves.
Program of the conference (Agora auditorium 3, Mattilanniemi 2):
12.30 Opening of the conference (chair of the conference Marjatta Lairio, Dean of the Faculty of Education, University of Jyväskylä; Greetings from Minister of Education and Culture Henna Virkkunen)
12.45 Lecture, Elina Lahelma : Integrating Gender Awareness into Teacher Education: Mission Impossible?
Elina Lahelma is a professor in the Institute of Behavioural Sciences at the University of Helsinki, Finland. She is director of project “Gender Awareness in Teacher Education” (funded by the Ministry of Education and Culture 2008-2010). More on her work: http://www.mv.helsinki.fi/home/elahelma/
13.30 Lecture, Guðný Guðbjörnsdóttir: Gender Awareness and Teacher Education: Policy and Resistances in Iceland
Guðný Guðbjörnsdóttir is a professor and a head of the Center for Research on Equality,
Gender and Education (Rannkyn), School of Education, University of Iceland, Iceland.
14.15 Lecture, Hillevi Lenz-Taguchi: Gender-pedagogy Work in Early Childhood Education: A Case of Sweden
Hillevi Lenz Taguchi is Associate Professor in Education at the Department of Education, Stockholm University, Sweden. More information: http://www.hillevilenztaguchi.se/
15.00 Coffee break
15.20 Work group discussions:
1. “Research-based teacher education” (chair Jukka Lehtonen, Agora auditorium 3)
2. “Pedagogical Practices” (chair Jaana Saarinen, Agora C 132)
16.20 Panel discussion: “Towards a Gender Aware Teacher Education and School Practices”
Panel discussants with 10 minutes presentation:
Susanne Kreitz-Sandberg: Gender Intergation at the University – Still a Relevant Topic for Teacher Education?
She is a gender lecturer at the Department of Education in the University of Linköping, Sweden.
Åse Røthing: Sexuality and Gender in Schools – Norwegian Paradoxes
She is a senior research coordinator for the research area ”Conflict and community of values” in CULCOM (Cultural Complexity in the new Norway), University of Oslo, Norway (http://www.culcom.uio.no/english/people/asero.html). Look more on her work: http://www.culcom.uio.no/english/news/2007/roething.html
Christine Dreyer Alexandersen: Gender Does Not Exist in Denmark! About Gender Neutrality and Blindness within the Danish Pedagogical Discourse
She has a Master degree in Gender Studies from Lund University. She is author to the chapter ”Græsset er grønnere i Sverige – om det manglende kønsperspektiv i dansk lovgivning og konsekvenserne for pædagogisk arbejde” (The grass is greener in Sweden – about the lack of gender
perspective in Danish law and the consequences for pedagogical work), in: Åbne og lukkede døre – en antologi om køn i pædagogik (Open and closed doors – an anthology about gender in pedagogy), Frydenlund Forlag 2010. More info: http://www.konipepaegogik.dk
Vappu Sunnari: Gendered Teacher Education in Finland – Challenges for the Future
She is a Lecturer in Women´s Studies in the University of Oulu, Finland. She is involved with research on teacher education and gendered and sexualised violence in schools. Look more information: http://cc.oulu.fi/~vsunnari/ENGL.HTM or http://www.oulu.fi/naistutkimus/henkilokunta/Sunnari.htm
17.50 End of the conference
The lecturers are Nordic specialists in the area of gender awareness in schools and teacher education. The conference participants are expected to be mainly Nordic researchers, teacher educators and actors in the field of education.
Please, register to the conference no later than 25.2.2011 to Jukka Lehtonen (email@example.com) with your name, affiliation information including your title, work place, address, e-mail address (they will be published as a participant list in the conference).
Gender Awareness in Teacher Education (TASUKO)
Institute of Behavioural Sciences
00014 University of Helsinki