Category: Project

Area: Stereotyping and Gender inequality

Place/Country: Slovenia and Serbia

Date: 2021-2023

Institutions involved:

  • University of Maribor (Slovenia)
  • University for Adult Education Celje (Slovenija)
  • Institute for the Study of Gender Equality (Inštitut za proučevanje enakosti spolov (IPES) Maribor) Slovenija
  • Branko Pešić Elementary School (Serbia)

Target group: Elementary school students, parents, teachers in Slovenia and Serbia

Goals / Objectives /Aims:

The project focuses on the issue of gender stereotypes in primary school education.

With the project, they wanted to go beyond social norms.

They wanted to improve and transfer good practices between the two participating countries: Slovenia and Serbia.

Develop online tools (for students, parents and teachers).

Conducted seminars for teachers on this topic and interactive workshops for students.

Content / Structure / Description including strengthening action competence

The partners involved note that it is still an overlooked area, as many gender stereotypes are still present in the educational process, which are manifested in the covert and overt curriculum.

Special emphasis was placed on the hidden curriculum, through which students often unconsciously reinforce learned gender stereotypes, gender norms and gender-assigned social roles.

The presence of gender stereotypes in materials and teaching methods.

Results / Responses → Resulting Competences:

For teachers:

They prepared a set of busted myths

Defined what the hidden curriculum is and where stereotypes are manifested

Theoretical goals/outcome:

They collected research on what had already been established in the field of gender stereotyping in primary schools

Practical objectives/results:

They have collected 10 tips: how teachers in the classroom can create equal opportunities for all children

Bingo – Preparation Game/activity for teachers and students

Teaching materials: they made teaching materials based on triads

Preparation of a manual on Gender stereotypes in primary school education

They prepared a collection of online lectures

For parents:

They prepared a set of busted myths

Directions/Activities/Games for ghosts – How parents can create a world of equal opportunities for all children through education (e.g. drawing, memory, quiz…)

They prepared written material “Reading for reflection” (stereotypes then and now).

They prepared guidelines for talking to children (What is “appropriate” for girls and boys)

For students:

They prepared a set of busted myths

They prepared interactive activities and advice for equal opportunities for all children (What if the fairy tales had ended differently; Draw, express and overcome the stereotype; Who is in my country – the president, the person who leads the municipality, the person who is the head of the school, persons working at the bank…). Through these activities, students learn how roles are divided in a family and whether it could be otherwise.

Feedback / Evaluation of the practice:

The project is still ongoing.
However, quite a few activities have been carried out so far (interactive lectures, prepared materials).

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