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Gender equality in the field of education

Research activity

Code Science Field Subfield
5.01.00  Social sciences  Educational studies   

Code Science Field
S272  Social sciences  Teacher education 

Code Science Field
5.03  Social Sciences  Educational sciences 
Gender, equality, education, teachers
Evaluation (rules)
source: COBISS
Researchers (6)
no. Code Name and surname Research area Role Period No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  12112  PhD Milica Antić-Gaber  Sociology  Researcher  2018 - 2020  775 
2.  11753  PhD Slavko Gaber  Sociology  Researcher  2018 - 2020  458 
3.  14536  PhD Marjeta Mencin  Sociology  Researcher  2018 - 2020  323 
4.  31849  PhD Jasna Podreka  Sociology  Researcher  2018 - 2020  135 
5.  31048  PhD Veronika Tašner  Educational studies  Head  2018 - 2020  188 
6.  34626  PhD Mojca Žveglič Mihelič  Educational studies  Researcher  2018 - 2020  37 
Organisations (3)
no. Code Research organisation City Registration number No. of publicationsNo. of publications
1.  0581  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Arts  Ljubljana  1627058  97,440 
2.  0582  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Social Sciences  Ljubljana  1626957  40,159 
3.  0588  University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Education  Ljubljana  1627082  30,749 
The research group will examine the state of gender equality in education at the following points: 1. It will thoroughly examine the existing systems of enrolment tracking of future professional educational workers from the point of view of gender representation in these programmes and analyse the obtained data. On the basis of existing studies, as well as by taking into account tracking programmes of similar populations in other countries, it will then develop a proposal for a systematic and continuous tracking of enrolment by gender in these programmes in Slovenia. 2. For many years the experts have been stressing that effective gender equality in school and in society at large, as well as the diminishing of gender stereotypes, can only be achieved by introducing a sustained treatment within the field of education of the topics related to gender and gender equality with regards to the school curricula. In order to obtain a clear picture of the state in the abovementioned field, the research group will analyse the existing study programmes from the point of view of the inclusion of the theme of gender equality in selected study programmes on the level of tertiary education. Obtained results will be presented in a way that will shed light on the progress/decline of gender equality problematics.  3. We consider gender equality awareness as one of the most important civic and social competences. It is therefore our belief that this topic should also be discussed with professionals that are already employed in the fields of education and training. In order to achieve this goal, we will start by examining the extent to which these topics are already included in the programmes of continuous professional development of the educational staff in different levels of education and training. On this basis we will develop proposals for the improvement and increase of content relating to gender equality in those fields that will reveal themselves as treating this topic in an insufficient manner. 4. Our researchers are aware that information regarding employees in the field of education, regarding their advancement as well as the obstacles they are facing, plays an important part in the formation of employment policies of the future educational staff. This information can also serve to promote employment in the field of education and training. In addition it can also help us to be more efficient in tackling the issue of gender specific choices of young people, which is particularly visible in the field of education. In order to lessen the unequal gender representation in this field, the research group will develop a proposal for a systematic gender specific gathering of information about employees in the field of education as well as regarding their advancement on all levels. 5. Scientific findings, including those regarding gender equality in the field of education, are often insufficiently communicated to other experts as well as the public sphere at large. Because of this fact, we believe that the raising of awareness about this problematic should be more efficient. In order to achieve this, the research group will prepare a prospectus presenting the obtained results of the project in an accessible manner. This prospectus will be communicated to educational institutions on different levels as well as to other relevant parties. The prospectus will also be accessible on the websites of both institutions involved in the project proposal. Furthermore, the results will be presented at the yearly Slovenian sociological meeting in 2019. At least one of the meetings of the School field will be dedicated to the problematic of gender equality in education. Meanwhile, we will also take advantage of the fact that ECER has approved the formation of the Gender and Education network. Given that two of our researches are members of this network, we will use this opportunity to present our findings to a larger international expert public.
Significance for science
The perennial blindness of the so-called masculine science for questions of gender has produced a blind spot in science itself, in different fields of comprehension of world phenomena, including the phenomena of our contemporary world. Thus, the field of linguistics is still marked by the belief that the masculine form of words is the consequence of the generic nature of the masculine linguistic form. Eminent experts can thus be heard offering explanations of the following sort: citizen (in the masculine form) designates both male and female citizens of this country. Even after thorough analyses of the human genome, the field of natural science still contains “experts” that are backing the claims for their own superiority with reference to a male genetic structure, supposedly more appropriate for science. The social sciences are often equally uninformed and un-reflective, as can be seen in the way they understand and explain the developments in communities (i.e. families) and societies (i.e. nations), or in the way they construct their arguments of the natural components of society or the superiority of one gender over the other. The mapping and the thematisation of gender can thus contribute to the lessening of prejudice and the broadening of scientific insight also in the scientific sphere.
Significance for the country
Research on the issue of gender in the field of education is in its entirety relevant to the problem of economy, if the latter is understood as a field of the economisation of forces in the pursuit of a better quality of life of the human species on this planet. Even in the case of a narrower conception of economy, it is now clear that the idea of utilizing the potential of the cultural capital of all of the members of contemporary societies, presupposes gender equality as one of the preconditions of an effective cooperation in the pursuit of an effective functioning of economy. This presupposes a reflective and just accessibility to education, a reflective and just treatment during education, and a reflective and just accessibility to jobs, based on the achieved level of education – including the consideration of the meritocratic criteria with regards to the occupation of the leading positions in the economy. This is valid for Slovenia as well as for other countries.
Most important scientific results Annual report 2018, final report
Most important socioeconomically and culturally relevant results Annual report 2018, final report
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