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Gender Inequality and Education: Changing Local/Global Relations in a ‘Post Colonial’ World and the Implications for Feminist Research

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This article explores the relationship between education reform and gender equity, both within and between nation states. Utilising feminist critical policy analysis and post-colonial theory, it examines how education reform over the past decade has impacted on gender equity, and how educational reform is itself gendered. It considers the nature of gender restructuring; maps significant shifts in gender equity policy in the wider context of educational and social inequality debates; and through an analysis of recent research on gender identity, schooling and leadership argues that gender can no longer be privileged when identifying and responding to educational inequality. Key assumptions underpinning how social change and education reform delivers equity are questioned, concluding with feminist theorising about how social justice may inform equity policy and practice in culturally diverse educational contexts.

Keywords: education reforms; feminist critical policy analysis; gender equity; gender inequality; social change

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2011

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