Integrating Gender in Tertiary Education Curricula

By Claudette Collette Austin.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The present study discusses the perceptions of university lecturers and teacher educators on integrating gender in tertiary education curricula. It utilized a descriptive approach. The data were collected from existing curricula of the Cyril Potter College of Education (CPCE), Ministry of Education (MOE) and the School of Education and Humanities (SE&H), University of Guyana (UG) through interviews and questionnaire surveys. The results of the study, in both institutions, revealed a modest amount of gender infusion in a minimum number of curricula currently being used. The subjects perceived that the integration of gender in the curricula of tertiary institutions was a necessary intervention. It was also perceived that such an intervention would not entail excessive additional work and could be facilitated through training in the form of orientation and sensitization. Finally, gender-sensitive remedial strategies in tertiary education institutions were recommended for the purpose of sensitizing and equipping university lecturers and teacher educators with the necessary skills they might need to initiate gender integration in the curriculum(a) they are assigned and to ensure the sustainability of this process.

Keywords: Gender, Gender Sensitization, Gender-sensitive Remedial Strategies, Integrated Curriculum

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 16, Issue 6, pp.65-90. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.361MB).

Claudette Collette Austin

Lecturer II and Deputy Dean, School of Education and Humanities, University of Guyana, Georgetown, Guyana

I have been working in the University of Guyana for twenty-five years in different capacities. I have been an academic for ten (10) years. I have lectured in Educational Administration,Philosophical Issues in Education, Issues in Education and Development. My research interests are Educational Leadership and Gender. I served for four years as Head, Department of Foundations & Education Management and am presently Deputy Dean in the School of Education and Humanities.

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