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The Gender History Project (2002-2004)

The Gender History Project is a collaborative initiative between the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, Trinity College , and the Education Department, University College Dublin. Commissioned by the Gender Equality Unit (GEU) in the Department of Education and Science, the project's aim is to examine the extent to which a gender perspective has been and continues to be present in both the delivery and assessment of the Junior Cycle history curriculum. This involved a literature review of the current context of gender balance in teaching, which highlighted issues for continuous professional development, national survey of post-primary History teachers and Higher Diploma in Education students in University College Dublin (UCD), as well as documentary analysis of textbooks and examination papers 1992-2002.

The research team has presented to the Department of Education and Science, and has disseminated findings of the project at national and international conferences, including the History Teachers Association of Ireland Conferences (2003 and 2004) and the European Educational Research Association (2004). A copy of the Summary Report will be sent to every post-primary school in the country. The team will also be presenting at more conferences in 2005, including the Educational Studies Association of Ireland conference (UCC) and the 5th Annual Gender and Education Association Conference (Cardiff University ).

Research Team: Dr. Maryann Valiulis, Dr. Deirdre Raftery, Jennifer Redmond, Judith Harford, Catherine Cregan

Read the Final Report (PDF, 1.3mb)

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