Gender sensitive pedagogy in Sweden. Preschool pedagogue's perspective
2009 (English)In: NFPF,2009, Norge: Norge , 2009Conference paper (Refereed)
This paper addresses the in Sweden quite new phenomena "gender sensitive pedagogy" which can mainly be found in preschool. The study leans on feminist theory, specifically theory of the construction of gender in educational settings, power relations often maintained in school settings and sociological theory of childhood. Pedagogues in preschool and advisory "gender pedagogues" have been interviewed of their opinions on gender sensitive pedagogy, what it might be, what problems it would solve and how to learn to create this "gender sensitive pedagogy". This study is a part of a three-step research project of gender sensitive pedagogy in Sweden. The first study was directed towards in Sweden very popular and very much used books concerning how to work with this kind of pedagogy, the second was aiming to find preschool workgroups views on the matter and the last one studied "advisory gender pedagogues" that are teachers or preschool teachers that have got an additional training to help preschool and schools to work for equality and to apply gender sensitive pedagogy in their work.
We have conducted focus group interviews. Four were carried out with preschool work groups and two with advisory teams. Three cities in mid Sweden have been the locations for the studies.
The findings show that the pedagogues regard gender sensitive pedagogy as something that affect all levels of the preschool institutions for example organisation, interaction, activities and offers to the children. A lot of reflection and training for the preschool themes are required, aiming to construct "know how" in relation to -gender sensitive pedagogy-. Parents should also be involved in the upbringing of equal and gender sensitive new citizens according to the pedagogues-.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Norge: Norge , 2009.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-45317Local ID: 81210OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-45317DiVA: diva2:266179