Gender research in teaching

Inclusion of Gender & Diversity in Quality Management

An important project to improve teaching by implementing gender and diversity aspects at Goethe University is the systematic inclusion of gender & diversity in the quality management of teaching. The Equality and Diversity Policies departments are responsible for this. Thus, gender & diversity forms an independent point in the mission statement teaching, which is also underpinned with concrete indicators. Gender and diversity aspects are also systematically included in the preparations for system accreditation (e.g. in the evaluation regulations already approved by the Senate). The demands on those responsible for the study programs and the teaching staff to promote gender and diversity competence and gender-sensitive teaching are thus increasing. This is especially true for teacher education, as this is where multipliers are trained who will have an influence on future generations and their potentials and competencies.

Conveyance of gender and diversity competencies to teachers, tutors and advisors

The sensitization and strengthening of gender and diversity competences of teaching is of great importance. In close cooperation between the Interdisciplinary College of University Didactics (IKH), studiumdigitale and the faculties, gender and diversity competence trainings for teachers and tutors are offered every semester with the aim of increasing awareness of heterogeneous life situations and learning styles and incorporating gender and diversity aspects into teaching. The IKH has also conducted train-the-trainer seminars for its trainers. These activities are coordinated by the Diversity Policies unit of the Equal Opportunities Office.

"GENDERkompetent - Integration of Gender in the Teaching of Hessian Universities"

In Hessian, the women's representatives of the LaKof in cooperation with the HMWK as well as the Hessian university administrations have intensively dealt with the implementation of gender research and gender aspects in teaching and research. In several workshops, processes and structures were jointly identified in which the cross-sectional topic of gender should be integrated in order to improve the quality of teaching.

In the process, common objectives were identified:

  • The targeted teaching of gender (and diversity) competencies in university didactics at Hessian universities.
  • The concrete inclusion of gender aspects in teacher training.
  • Improving the quality of teaching and research, especially in the STEM subjects, by integrating the results of gender research; at the same time, this should further promote the attractiveness of the STEM subjects for female students.
  • The anchoring of gender aspects in accreditation as well as in the evaluation of teaching.

In implementing these objectives, synergies between the universities are to be generated and utilized. The overarching goal is to jointly identify processes and structures in which the cross-cutting topic of gender must be integrated in order to increase the quality of teaching at Hessian universities. At the same time, the sensitivity for this topic is to be increased in the university managements and among all those involved in the design of teaching. The results of the workshop series can be used for planning further activities. As spokesperson of the LaKof, the women's representative of Goethe University was the leading force here.

As a result, the LaKof Hessen has published a brochure with all projects for the integration of gender research or gender aspects in teaching: Brochure "GENDERkompetent" (german).

Recommendations for gender- and diversity-sensitive teacher training at Goethe University

Gender- and diversity-sensitive teaching is particularly important in teacher training: not only the diversity of student teachers forms a challenge for teaching, but also the far greater diversity of the students graduates will encounter in their later careers. In order to deal productively with the diversity of their students, it is important for students to be able to learn gender and diversity competencies themselves.

Following "Teaching Diversity Consciously," a collaborative project between ABL and the Equal Opportunities Office, the ABL Board of Directors adopted recommendations for gender- and diversity-sensitive teacher education in the summer semester of 2016. The recommendations were developed on the basis of an inventory as well as discussions with university members of all status groups in cooperation with an accompanying working group. The aim is to use them for an expansion of gender- and diversity-sensitive teaching in the field of teacher education.

Recommendations for gender- and diversity-sensitive teacher training at Goethe University (german)

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