This paper looks at the impact of gender equity as it relates to education and how teachers can become agents for change through their practice.
Gender equality in the workplace, community and classroom is a human right, but it is one that is often overlooked. The impact of COVID-19 has seen heightened conversations and a plethora of new research has emerged about gender equality.
Nelson Mandela said, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. Research by Monash into pedagogical approaches to teaching gender equity (GET research) identified that to achieve the change required for gender equality, ‘the desired behavioural change needs to be both sustained and role modelled’. Educators have a position of authority and influence in the classroom which makes them well placed as change agents and role models, especially when it comes to gender.
Article full text reproduced with permission of the Australian Institute of Training and Development.
Parker D, Swindon E (2020) The need for gender equity in teaching practice. Training and Development 47(3):34-37.