chapter  7
The Treatment of Gender Equity in Teacher Education
ByDavid Sadker and Karen Zittleman Penelope Earley, Theresa McCormick, Candace Strawn, and JoAnne Preston
Pages 20

Every day new and experienced teachers face a myriad of genderrelated decisions, decisions they are typically ill-prepared to make. Although gender bias characterizes classroom interactions, persists in the curriculum, is reflected in status, staffing patterns and wages, and influences how and what students learn, today’s teachers are taught little if anything about these issues. If gender bias and discrimination are to be confronted and resolved, then teacher education programs are the logical place to begin. Unfortunately, current teacher education programs are unlikely to prepare teachers to “see” these problems, much less resolve them. In too many cases, today’s teachers continue to reinforce gender biases.