Tackling stereotypes at school : A website for teachers' use
Our project is called " Gender Stereotypes and vocational choices " and brings together three schools from Montaigu (Pays de la Loire, France), Piazzola sul Brenta (Veneto, Italy) and Koszalin (Western Pomerania, Poland). It is funded by the European Union thanks ti the Erasmus + Programme.
A free and aware vocational choice
Its main goal is to provide teachers practical tools in order to fight against stereotypes about jobs and gender among learners. Indeed, most of the young people consider that there are jobs for men and jobs for women. Therefore, when they have to choose their vocationnal specialities, they are guided by these mass clichés, and they don't wonder if the job they have chosen is interesting for themselves, well-paid and guarantees a social advancement. Finally, men reach high positions and women get part-time, low-paid and poor quality jobs.
We want to help pupils to realize and identify the stereotypes which guide their way of thinking. It should lead them to make informed choices of their future job and to give up risk behaviour which might harm their school performance.
Our project should also fight against bad school results, especially for male pupils who often think that they must be rebels and use strength or violence to prove their value. This behaviour is another effect of gender stereotypes and leads many boys to a difficult scholarship.
A tool-box for teachers
During our three-year project, about 40 teachers from the three countries will work together and share their professional practices and experiments on our website and etwinning space, which should be toolboxes of inovative teaching methods and activities to tackle gender sterotypes and their effects.
You will find these tools both in English and national languages : French, Italian and Polish.