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Gender stereotypes can have a significant impact on students from a young age. These stereotypes, influenced by societal norms and expectations, can limit a child’s potential, reinforce gender inequalities, and restrict their choices and opportunities. It is essential to recognise and address these stereotypes to foster an inclusive and empowering learning environment. Development education methodologies can play a crucial role in combating gender stereotypes and promoting gender equality.
I remember when I was teaching a class of senior infants a few years ago and we were discussing different professions, some of the children had very definite opinions on the gender allowed for some of the job roles mentioned, which I couldn’t believe.
One way Development Education methodologies can challenge this is to provide students with diverse and inclusive learning materials and resources. This includes textbooks, literature, and other educational materials that challenge gender stereotypes and present diverse role models. By exposing students to stories and examples that defy traditional gender roles, they can develop a broader perspective and realise that there are no fixed limits or expectations based on gender.