Gender: a never-ending story

Luk Bosman, vzw Leer-Kracht Antwerp, Belgium

The way in which women and men can and want to relate to each other in society differs in space, time and culture, so do their roles in life and the expectations people have of them. School (alongside family, peers and media) offers a unique context in which boys and girls acquire important and meaningful experiences. Puberty and adolescence are important phases in the development of a plural identity. They are about shaping a gender identity and an identity as a pupil. In this text we plead for a didactic method for identity development with special attention to developing the ability of youngsters of getting interested in something, and to shape themselves in a meaningful way.

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