An Estimation of 'Gender Sensitivity' Among College Going Adolescent Girls - A Developmental Approach

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2006-10
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PCF4 // BACKGROUND: // In majority of developing and underdeveloped countries, women are considered second-class citizens. Violence against women is on a rise. The gendering process has subjugated women. The present study dealt with ‘Gender sensitivity’, intending to modify their attitudes about themselves and other women. // College-going adolescent girls are on the threshold of becoming responsible citizen. Their notion of self-worth as women, if changed, we might succeed in altering their psychological make-up. The ‘Workshop’ method with innovative techniques provided in-depth discussion and review of the subject from all angles. // OBJECTIVES: // 1. Estimation of Gender Sensitivity of college going adolescent girls. // 2. Development of a workshop manual. // 3. Execution of specially designed workshop. // 4. Testing effectiveness of the workshop. // METHODOLOGY: // 1. Sample size: Total population 1200- sample drawn 100. // 2. ‘One pre-test --two post-tests’ pattern of research design. // 3. Questionnaire of 100 items administered -before and after execution of workshop. // 4. Comprehensive ‘workshop manual’ prepared giving minute details. // 5. Critical appraisal of ‘workshop manual’ by two ‘Gender Experts’ // 6. Effectiveness and retention value of learnt concepts was determined. // IMPORTANT FINDINGS: // 1. In the pre-test 48.8 % participants advocated gender-biased standpoint. Where as in the post-test, only 14.7 % respondents held on to it. // 2. More than 85 % had formed a ‘gender balanced’ perspective. // 3. Gender experts rated ‘Workshop Manual’ to be very effective. // Paper ID 149

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