Women and the Teaching Profession

Exploring the Feminisation Debate

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©Commonwealth Secretariat
Author/Publisher: Commonwealth Secretariat and UNESCO
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-84859-126-4 (e-book)

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The presence of a significant proportion of women teachers - particularly in the early childhood and primary levels - is a long-standing phenomenon that characterises the education systems of many countries: Australia, Canada and the United Kingdom are examples of countries often referred to as having 'feminised' teaching professions, denoting that women represent a significant majority of the teaching workforce. An increased number of females in the teaching profession is often associated with education systems that have achieved or nearly achieved universal basic education. On the other hand, those countries that continue to strive towards Education for All (EFA) and the education Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are more frequently associated with having a deficit of women teachers.


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