How Educational Toolkits help teachers in talking about gender stereotypes

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December 28, 2021
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How Educational Toolkits help teachers in talking about gender stereotypes

In the last three articles we talked in depth about the Toolkits created for the European Commission to challenge learners in primary and secondary schools to identify and question gender stereotypes and discover career opportunities in the transport sector.

This created the opportunity to carry out an interview with two of the authors of the Toolkits: Maria Luísa de Bivar Black – historian, teacher, educator and consultant with experience in education for human rights and democracy – and María Pilar Santos Tambo – language teacher in secondary school and university and also manager of a teacher professional development program in Spain.

The interview was hosted by Pascale Mompoint-Gaillard: education consultant, trainer and co-founder of Learn to Change.

In today’s article we talk about how Toolkits work and how they can help teachers talk about gender stereotypes in the classroom.

An interesting overview of the structure of the Toolkits is given by the authors themselves in the interview:

The Toolkits are available in two different versions (the first for primary school pupils and teachers; the second for secondary school pupils and teachers) but they share the same structure.

This is an excerpt from the toolkits where the structure of the work is represented:

One of the authors, Luisa de Bivar, delves into the question according to which in Toolkits there is a focus on the issue of gender stereotypes that starts from an analysis of the teacher. After this analysis, the teacher will be able to proceed with the activities in the classroom.


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