London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

The informal curriculum on gender identity

Author(s) Koutselini, M. & Agathangelou, S.  
Publisher London: CiCe  
Year 2008  
Editor A. Ross & P. Cunningham, Reflecting on Identities: Research, Practice and Innovation  
Age group -  
This study of gender profiles in 588 elementary and 1158 secondary students in Cyprus, who compared gender representation in the media. Students completed a questionnaire based on the results of a qualitative analysis of randomly selected Cypriot television series. The results show a coherence between gender stereotypes in students' perceptions and those promoted by the television series. Women, in contrast to men, are presented restricted to their private life with limited action in their public life. The article argues that citizenship education must promote research and reflection on contextualised gender studies, taking into account the different expectations and reflections of the 'depoliticised' sections of the public and the important role the informal curriculum has on the development of students' identities.

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