Women and Education: Women as Students and Teachers, and in the Curriculum
Women's place in the field of education is complex and multidimensional. As students, girls and women are often given different opportunities than their male counterparts. They are expected to achieve, or fail, in different academic areas, they are treated differently from their male peers by teachers and administrators, and often they are denied or limited in their access to particular areas of study. Recent work done by educators concerned with the "genderization" of learning has opened exciting and challenging approaches to enabling female students both to achieve in traditional, male-dominated fields and to give value to antipatriarchal, or feminist, ways of learning and knowing. The female student, then, is the first focus of this chapter on women in education.