Gender Mainstreaming in Teacher Education in Greece

By: Ioanna Kitta   Maria Cristina Cardona  

Gender mainstreaming is of great importance for future teachers’ training because of its capacity to address diversity and achieve substantial gender equality. Researchers have shown that the first gender abuses and inequalities happen at school places but teachers lack the right knowledge to detect and treat gender issues. In spite of the country’s regulatory framework and adaptation to international agreements and conventions, there is still the hypothesis that training programs for future teachers in Greece do not prepare them correctly and sufficiently to tackle with gender issues. Consequently there is the impression that gender issues are not considered a priority in teacher education. The purpose of this study is to compare the teacher education curricula of the nine Pedagogical Departments in Greece in order to explore the mainstreaming of gender into these programs and evaluate the future teachers’ capacity to address gender issues. The methodology documents an analysis of the curricula of the education teacher degrees of the nine Pedagogical Departments. We explore a discrepancy in the curricula in each department and a low level of student competence to deal with gender issues. We conclude that gender courses should be a compulsory part of academic plans and curricula as the society calls for it.

Gender equality,Gender mainstreaming,Teacher education curricula,Preservice teachers
Education and Learning in a World of Difference
Poster/Exhibit Session

Ms. Ioanna Kitta

Teacher of Physical Education , Primary School , Public School

I am a greek citizen, working at a public primary school as a PE teacher. I have studied Physical Education (1989), Spanish Language & Literature (2004), have a MSc in Aquatic Sports (2017) and current PhD student in the University of Alicante, Spain. I have also studied english, french, japanese, turkish and arabic language and I additionally speak spanish and greek. I like traveling around the world. I have travelled to 80 countries till now.

Maria Cristina Cardona

Universidad de Alicante