Gender research in Estonia against the background of traditional education

 Meeli Väljaots, University of Tartu, Estonia

This paper examines gender-specific trends in the Estonian education system and the Estonian society. The gender issue in Estonia is still in its infancy, gender equality is met with considerable resistance. As an introduction, we take a look from a gender-specific perspective at the history of the Estonian education system since the birth of Estonia in 1918. Subsequently an analysis of the objectives and tasks of gender-specific action is given. Thereby reference is also made to non-school organizations in which the gender aspect receives more attention than in education itself. In the third part of this paper an analysis of the gender research is carried out and the results of new stud­ies on gender issues are discussed.

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