Talking the talk, walking the walk: A critical examination of gender in cie

Maureen F. Park, Petrina M. Davidson, Nino Dzotsenidze, Obioma Okogbue, Alexander W. Wiseman

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Abstract

Since the 1970s, gender has been a research focus in the field of comparative and international education (CIE) (Unterhalter, 2014). The extensive work on the issue of gender and access to education by academics and practitioners has proven instrumental in elevating the issue to the forefront of global educational policies (Assié-Lumumba, N. & Sutton, M. (2004). Global trends in comparative research on gender and education. Comparative Education Review, 48(4), 345–352). More recently with the goal of increased enrollment achieved and global improvements in gender parity, the focus has shifted from access to agency and empowerment (Assié-Lumumba, N. & Sutton, M. (2004). Global trends in comparative research on gender and education. Comparative Education Review, 48(4), 345–352). From policy to practice, CIE appears to advocate for inclusiveness, interdisciplinarity, and contextualization in research and practice. This chapter interrogates the assumption that CIE promotes these same concepts of gender equality, empowerment, and inclusiveness in the field itself. Through the use of data published in leading CIE journals, the following questions are addressed: How are issues of gender and power manifested and addressed within CIE-related research? Is research published in the field of CIE shifting and adjusting to changing societal gender norms? A critical examination of the role of gender in CIE scholarship and practice challenges the assumption that CIE professionals and researchers lead by example. In other words, although CIE professionals and researchers “talk the talk”, do they really “walk the walk” when it comes to gender and education?

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
PublisherEmerald Group Holdings Ltd.
Pages1-24
Number of pages24
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020

Publication series

NameInternational Perspectives on Education and Society
Volume39
ISSN (Print)1479-3679

Keywords

  • Citations
  • Comparative and international education scholarship
  • Feminist institutionalism
  • Gatekeeping
  • Gender
  • Gender equality
  • Gender parity
  • Gendered research
  • Global trends
  • Publications

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