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Genderové aspekty českého školství
Gender Aspects of Czech Education

Author(s): Lucie Jarkovská, Kateřina Lišková
Subject(s): Social Sciences
Published by: Sociologický ústav AV ČR, v.v.i.
Keywords: gender education; educational inequality; serialised gender; Czech Republic

Summary/Abstract: Numerous Czech studies have been conducted on how the education system reproduces inequalities. While most of them have dealt with the reproduction of class inequalities, relatively few have focused on the reproduction of gender inequalities. In this article, the authors apply a conceptual understanding of the category of gender to research on education, an approach that avoids both universalising the category of woman, as well as the opposite extreme of individualisation. We claim that female students, even though they differ among themselves in various social and personal ways, are serialised as women by institutions in the education system. They are expected to perform differently, with different motivations, their performance is valued differently and they are expected to follow different professions than male students. The paper focuses in detail on the gendered nature of educational institutions, both in terms of the gender segregation of fields and levels of study, as well as in terms of the importance of the interaction that occurs during the processes of teaching and ascribing value and significance to the performance of male and female students. The authors argue that education, generally expected to function as a social ladder and a route to better-paid jobs in the labour market, serves men and women in segregated ways.

  • Issue Year: 44/2008
  • Issue No: 04
  • Page Range: 683-701
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: Czech