Nordic research on gender in education now gathered on one website

By on 24.03.2017 in Public dissemination

The JustEd spin-off project Gender in Teacher Education has launched a website where Nordic research in the fields of gender and education is collected. The aim with this website is to increase awareness in teaching as well as in teacher education in all the Nordic countries.

The website includes studies from all Nordic countries, conducted in the Nordic languages as well as English. Check it out at 

Gente postcard front page

Professor Emerita Elina Lahelma, University of Helsinki, has done research on gender and education in approximately 40 years and she has been the convenor of the project. Together with Professor Elisabet Öhrn, University of Gothenburg. they gathered some of the best-known Finnish and Swedish researchers in these fields to bring about this website.

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Elina Lahelma presenting at NERA 2017.

The project was funded by NordForsk’s programme ‘Education for Tomorrow’ and all the project members are part of the Nordic Centre of Excellence ‘JustEd’.

“As part of creating the 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,” says project member Ylva Odenbring, University of Gothenburg. Therefore, they created a questionnaire that was sent to teacher educators in the two universities.

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.

The project members met several times in Helsinki in 2016, arranged a round table at NERA 2016 in Helsinki, created and analysed the questionnaire, invited international guests from universities in Estonia and the UK to participate in a workshop, and arranged a round table at NERA 2017 in Copenhagen where the new website was launched.

The website is continuously updated until June 2017, therefore we urge all JustEd members to help us add relevant research to the database, says project assistant Venla Tolvanen.

Go to the website to find out more about the database.





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