Teachers-to-be studying gender and sexual diversity

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This article investigates how pre-service teachers understand concepts of gender and sexuality in Finnish teachertraining. By analysing the learning diaries of teachers-to-be attending a course calledGendered Practices inEducationat the University of Lapland, we investigate how students comprehend gender and sexuality, how theyargue for their way of thinking, and what kind of emotional dynamics can be identified in their learning pro-cesses. Our theoretical approach stems from the feminist pedagogical and methodological discussions onknowing as a contradictory process, which may arouse emotions and lead to either changes in understanding orresistance to the new knowledge. Based on interpretative and argumentation analysis, the learning diaries ex-pressing acceptance of or resistance to feminist knowledge on gender structures and sexuality were identified asperpetuating the status quo, reflecting and transforming, and living the difference
Original languageEnglish
Article number102360
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Issue numberMay-June
Publication statusPublished - 5 May 2020
MoEC publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Argumentation analysis
  • Finland
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Teacher training

Field of science

  • General education
  • Gender studies


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