Gender in Education

Jensen Anna Odds, Untersee Sofie, Hansen Phillip, Finderup Nicoline Remo & Klostergaard Luna

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


The project is about gender, stereotypes and sexual diversity in schools. In the first part of the project we bring up theories about gender and sexuality which consists of both philosophical and sociological dimensions which reflect on gender, stereotypes and sexual diversities. We will introduce and explain the book “Being Boys Being Girls” by the British Professor of Education, Carrie Peachter, who focuses on how masculinity and femininity develop within the school and how boys and girls become men and women. We then introduce a part regarding gender socialisation, which is the learning of culturally defined roles in relation to gender. Consequently we have decided to introduce a section about the book written by Sarah Ahmed, called The Cultural Politics of Emotion. This book is focussed on feminist politics and explain the different emotion women go through in this field. We have decided to mainly focus on the emotion of pain and anger. In addition, we explain Judith Butler’s theory regarding the performative gender, identity and the hetereosexual matrix. Lastly intersectionality is defined and explained. Part one of the critical approach discusses gender and sexual diversity in schools, the issues that comes with it and what to do in order to create a safe and comfortable environment that embraces every student. In part two we include Susanne Knudsen’s “Køn i skolen” where we look at different pedagogical approaches and discuss how the teachers can use this to influence the individual student in relation to gender, sexuality and stereotypes. In the discussion, we look at the possibilities the school has in order to change the current situation. In relation to this, we look at the Common goals in order to discuss whether these are actually being achieved and to how it corresponds with our theories and critical approaches in relation to the topic. Then we will discuss the categorisation of newborn males and females and how society expects males to develop masculinity and females to develop femininity only. In connection to this, the discussion focus on feminist politics and emotions, especially pain and anger, play a big role in this community. Lastly, we approaches Butler’s theory and discuss her approaches in addition to language. We discusses how her theory can be used and whether it is possible to apply the theme intersectionality in her statement.

UddannelserBasis - International Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato26 maj 2016
VejledereBlackburn Patrick


  • Education
  • Gender