Gender in Teacher Education questionnaire
As a part of creating the project’s website we wanted to find out how Nordic teacher educators address gender in their teaching, and what kind of knowledge and resources they would need. That is why prior to constructing the website a questionnaire was launched for teacher educators.
The questionnaire was conducted in Finnish and Swedish at two Nordic universities during 13-27 Sept, 2016: the University of Helsinki and University of Gothenburg.
In the Gente project we want to share our questionnaire and its results with other universities and teacher educators. The questionnaire is free to be used in other Nordic universities and also globally. You can modify the questionnaire to make it more suitable to you purposes.
The questionnaire is available below in Finnish, Swedish and English in PDF-form.
An English summary of the results from Helsinki and Gothenburg is also available in PDF-form.
An analysis of the answers
Most of the teacher educators who responded to the questionnaire were, according to their answers, already involved in gender sensitive teaching. They had addressed gender-related issues in different teaching situations and in various contexts.
Two teacher educators from the University of Helsinki who answered the questionnaire were less open to gender sensitivity based on their blank or negative responses. They wrote that they did not address gender in any way and that they did not need resources to do so. Some teacher educators in Helsinki and Gothenburg thought that they already had all the information they needed or the capability to get more information on their own.
In total most teacher educators who answered the questionnaire addressed gender in their teaching, and thought it was an important aspect of teacher education. Many of them also said that more resources for gender and education would be positive and welcome.
Question 4 concerned the nature of knowledge that would be useful to teacher educators. Teacher educators could make one or more choices from four alternatives. In both Helsinki and Gothenburg, empirical research (G 25 / H 15) was the most popular alternative, followed by theoretical information (G 20 / H 13), and practical exercises and methods (G 17 / H 11).
Through question 5 the thoughts of the teacher educators regarding the website were revealed. Websites in general were found to already be a resource used by many teacher educators. The idea of a website devoted to the theme of gender and teacher education was both welcomed and criticised. In particular, maintaining and updating the website was seen as a challenge. That information be available in a centralised and updated manner was found to be important.