Amparo Moreno Hernández

Autonomous University of Madrid

The Education of the Future will be Feminist or Will Not Be:  A Review of Contents, Spaces and Methodologies in the Study of Gender and Sexualities

Participants: Carolina Cárcamo1; Dolores Pérez Bravo2; Juan Calmaestra3; Héctor Melero4; Marta Morgade2; Daniela Martínez2.

1Tecnologic Univeristy of Bolívar; 2Autonomous University of Madrid ; 3University of Cordoba; 4UNED

Symposium Summary

Education could be understood as a space for transformation that searches for equality and the implementation of full democracy. The understanding of gender and sexuality is one of the fundamental tools to achieve this objective. We understand that gender has not to be conceived as an essence that produces sexual differences and inequality -given the intrinsic biological nature of women and men- but as a characteristic which arises from the specific context and development. From this point of view, gender arises through our social interaction, since we were born and throughout life, with a gendered world. Our children enter the gender as novices and come out as experts. In these learnings of how to be a girl-boy, woman-man, heterosexual-LGTBQ according to the social norms, formal and non-formal education have a relevant role. Given the centrality of gender in our identity and social interactions, the contents that could be discussed in the symposium are inexhaustible. We have decided to show a diversity of problems, educational levels and learning experiences in formal and non-formal contexts. Thus, research included in this symposium, is related to performance and stereotypes in primary education, the experience of sexual diversity in the transition to university, as well as the incidence of gender violence among university students, together with a vision of social movements as learning spaces. Most of the research has been developed in Spain, although there are some results found in Latin America.

Breve CV

Senior lecturer of the Developmental and Educational Psychology Department of the Autonomous University of Madrid and professor of the Master' in Gender of the University Institute for Women's Studies -of which she has been Chair- and of the Master of Education Psychology, both in the UAM. Throughout her teaching and research career, she is specialized in the study of cognitive development throughout life and its educational implications. On the other hand, her current teaching and research interests are closely linked to the issue of gender construction along with life and, especially, the motherhood representation in women of different ages. She has published several papers and books on these previous topics. Recently she has advised the television series "Neither heroes nor princesses".

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