Ideas explored in Dr. Karen Jones’ (Associate Professor of Educational Leadership and Management, University of Reading) book, Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Education, written with colleagues from the University of Reading, and published by SAGE, were included recently in her blog post on The Chartered College of Teaching’s Education Exchange blog.
The blog post responds to recent media reports of sexism and sexual harassment in schools and claims by commentators that not enough is being done by the government or schools to tackle these problems. Dr. Jones’ blog post highlights that while many schools have policies, research suggests many teachers are not fully aware of school policy and say do not know how to respond when they witness an incident or when an incident is reported to them. Some teachers may even inadvertently perpetuate the gender stereotypes at the root of sexist behaviour. The blog post shares some of the ideas from her book on how unacceptable behaviour can be prevented and challenged.