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EDUC318 Gender Issues in Education

Theoretical and research perspectives on gender issues in education with particular attention to how gender intersects with race, class and sexualities; how educational policies and practices address gender issues; and how discourse analysis is a useful analytical tool.

This paper will explore theoretical and research perspectives on gender issues in education. This is your chance to research a gender topic of your choice. Students in the past have researched diverse topics such as gender representations in Disney movies, school text books, high school websites and children's picture books and surveyed the toy aisles of the Warehouse. Armed with this data, they explored implications for education.

Paper title Gender Issues in Education
Paper code EDUC318
Subject Education
EFTS 0.1500
Points 18 points
Teaching period Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $868.95
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $3,656.70

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(EDUC 101 or one 100-level GEND, PSYC, SOCI or SOWK paper) and (one 200-level EDUC, GEND, PSYC, SOCI or SOWK paper)
Schedule C
Arts and Music
A background in education, sociology or gender prepares you well for this paper.
Associate Professor Karen Nairn,
Teaching staff
Paper Co-ordinators: Associate Professor Karen Nairn and Dr Susan Sandretto
Paper Structure
Topics will include, but will not be limited to:
  • the interaction of gender, race and class
  • academic achievement
  • classroom interactions
  • power
  • curriculum
  • pedagogy
  • educational policy
Course readings are available via links on Blackboard or via the library's E-reserve. E-reserve refers to online reserve material available for download via the catalogue.

Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Lifelong learning, Scholarship, Communication, Critical thinking, Ethics, Information literacy, Research, Self-motivation.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Ideally you will:
  1. demonstrate familiarity with common approaches to questions of gender in educational settings
  2. investigate social constructions of reality and everyday discourse which maintain gender inequality in New Zealand
  3. become familiar with New Zealand educational and socio-political history as it relates to issues of gender
  4. gain insight into New Zealand policies and political issues that have contributed to gender inequities
  5. develop an understanding of the interaction between race, class, culture and gender
  6. examine current practice in school and early childhood settings and discuss procedures for change
  7. improve your critical writing.

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Second Semester

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
L1 Tuesday 12:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 13:00-13:50 28-34, 36-41