The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 32: Women in Teaching: Participation, Power and Possibility
Women in Teaching: Participation, Power and Possibility
Teaching, like all occupations, has been organized, changed and framed by gender. It has been organized in a way that associates the teaching women do with low status and income, while the teaching men do garners more power and esteem. Women are more likely than men to teach younger children, to be in fields associated with women's work, and to have positions with little power or intellectual authority. While change has taken place in the number and kinds of teaching jobs that are available, and the global expansion of formal teaching jobs has opened opportunities for many women, teaching jobs have been continually reorganized and redefined so that women remain in low ...