Gender sensitivity in pedagogical practices in secondary education in Bhutan
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Keywords

Secondary education, higher education, gender sensitivity and pedagogical practices

How to Cite

Yuden, Y., Chuki, S., & Dorji, T. (2020). Gender sensitivity in pedagogical practices in secondary education in Bhutan. Research in Educational Policy and Management, 2(2), 38-51. https://doi.org/10.46303/repam.2020.3

Abstract

The terrain of gender inequities in education has seen many changes in recent times. The purpose of the study was to find out the gender sensitivity in pedagogical practices in secondary education in Bhutan. The study was qualitative and used non-probability convenient sampling techniques. The study used classroom observations to gain the first-hand experience of a normal classroom and focus group discussions with teachers and students to get in-depth views. The classroom observation and focus group discussion data were analysed using the process of emerging themes. The study revealed that teachers were not gendered sensitive in pedagogical practices in the secondary education level. There were challenges in understanding gender in education both by teachers and students. There was neither gender awareness nor conscious effort made by teachers to address gender inequality in the classroom. A gender-responsive education that supports the realization of student full potential requires the teachers to practice gender-sensitive pedagogy. To address the issue, there is an immediate need for gender awareness and sensitization among teachers and school leaders. Teacher education colleges should introduce modules such as gender and education or gender and development so that the classroom environment is gender-sensitive and gender friendly.

 

https://doi.org/10.46303/repam.2020.3
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