Gender studies, addressed in relation to other dimensions of difference and (in)justice, is one of the foci in the studies of the Nordic Centre of Excellence JustEd. Many of the best known Nordic researchers in this field are JustEd members, one of them being Ylva Odenbring, who recently was promoted to Associate Professor of Education at the University of Gothenburg. Ylva is a member of the group who received funding from NordForsk for a spin-off project about Gender in Teacher Education.
“We will build a Nordic web page for teacher education and their students with resources for gender awareness in teaching,” says Ylva.
The inspiration for the emerging Nordic webpage is the Finnish site wiki.helsinki.tasuko, which is a result of the latest Finnish national project on gender awareness in teacher education (2008–2011), led by Professor Elina Lahelma.
“Even though these issues have been discussed for a long time, we knew for a fact that in most universities it was possible to become a teacher without knowing anything about the responsibilities that gender equality legislation puts to teachers or about the excellent gender studies that have been conducted in Finland and elsewhere,” says Elina, who is one of the pioneers in the Nordic gender and education studies and one of the leaders of the spin-off project Gender in Teacher Education.