Mainstreaming Gender and Inclusion in Distance Learning Resources: A Case Study

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2022-09
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Commonwealth of Learning (COL)
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PCF10 Sub-theme: Promoting Equity and Inclusion // Studies have shown that gender imbalances and biased gender representations are common in materials used in educational systems throughout the world. Learning resources for Open and Distance Learning programmes are, potentially, a powerful tool for reinforcing gender stereotypes, thereby perpetuating gender inequalities through education. This paper reports the methodology and results of a gender analysis of Environmental Education resources offered as part of a distance learning programme by a COL partner institution in Nigeria. A review of the written curriculum was conducted to determine the level of gender responsiveness of the programme, with a view to determining conformity to minimum standards stipulated in international best practice and promoting gender equality as a fundamental dimension of inclusivity for sustainable development. An analytical framework using both quantitative and qualitative instruments was applied to the resources to determine both subtle and more obvious expressions of gender disparities and biases, as well as to determine examples of good practice that promote gender equality and empowerment. The paper reports the results of the analysis and proposes ways to integrate gender responsive pedagogical methods in distance learning resources, for inclusion and sustainable development. Results indicate program has great potential for gender mainstreaming. // Paper ID 1556

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Gender Mainstreaming,Equality,Distance Education,Learning Resources,Gender
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Nigeria
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Africa
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