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Gender and Diversity Aspects in Education and Learning are central. First of all, education means more than the formal education system (schools, universities, further training and apprenticeship etc.). It is also our lifelong learning process and every action that we undertake to 'learn'- not only formal knowledge but experiences, actions etc that let us take part in society. This learning process (formal and unformal) is structured also by the core dimensions of diversity. Therefore: age, ethnicity, class/milieu, physical ability, religion and gender may influence or structure what, how and why we learn. Education in this context rather means 'learning ability' than only education (Bildung). Education as a social structure includes processes of inclusion, exclusion and societal integration. In the beginning of the women's movement and women's research, education was central as a question of inclusion of women as subjects as well as the gender-separated education term. The research focused on historical descriptions, inclusion and exclusion as well as the fact that girls could not access public education. Then, co-education systems were widely discussed, as research revealed that girls and women rather studied or worked at the end of their formal education in fields that are connected with 'female' (e.g., teaching, secretary etc.). This research nevertheless revealed that it is rather the social background that influences the choice of studies than the gender. According to this finding, the focus is now on the discussion of a necessary intercultural approach for teachers (from elementary school, adult education centre, public schools, universities, youth work).

"Knowledge and diversity management encompasses competences that are particularly in demand in organisational and Human Resources development, marketing, educational work and in every form of team-based work organisation. Individual expertise and skills are consciously seen in all their diversity, are esteemed and their development is promoted. This is part of the action programme of diversity management but it also describes the tasks and interventions of knowledge and competence management: it's all about keeping existing knowledge in a company, developing it and making it available to all staff members in the context of their work environment. This calls, amongst other things, for communicative skills as well as an understanding of the use of modern IT technologies (databases, content management systems, etc." Development Partnership Berlin DiverCity/Further training 'Diversity knowledge and competence management'

If gender- and diversity sensitive approaches are used in didactics of education, wether men nor women are hindered in their development and the education can broaden the gender equity and equality. An education in this sense accepts as a basis that biografical matters make learning styles different and differentiated.

In education, Gender Mainstreaming can be a principle to achieve changes as well as diversity management and intercultural trainings help to achieve sensitivity towards the diversity of learners and people.

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Kaschuba, Gerrit (2006): Geschlechtergerechte Didaktik in der Fort- und Weiterbildung. Eine Handreichung für die Praxis.(pdf, de)

Projekt: Gender Mainstreaming in Child and Youth Welfare Services

Gender Mainstreaming Bundesarbeitsgemeinschaft Evangelische Jugendsozialarbeit

Feminisierung der Migration – Chancengleichheit für (junge) Frauen mit Migrationshintergrund in Ausbildung und Beruf (pdf, de)

Linklist on several downloadable documents to gender, diversity and education

Schlaffer, Edit/Gauss, Eva Maria (2005): Internationale Best Practice Modelle für eine gendergerechte Welt. (

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Faulstich-Wieland, Hannelore (2004): Geschlechteraspekte in der Bildung. Ed: Bundeszentrale für politische Bildung. (pdf, de)

Thoma, Susanne (2004): Geschlechterperspektive bei der Vermittlung von Computer- und Internetkompetenz. Eine Bestandsaufnahme. Hg.: Frauen geben Technik neue Impulse e.V. Mitarbeit: Cornelia Lins. Berlin. ISBN:3-933788-00-5.

Schlüter, Anne (2004): Bildung: Hat Bildung ein Geschlecht?. In: Becker, Ruth/Kortendiek, Beate (Eds.): Handbuch Frauen- und Geschlechterforschung. Theorie, Methoden, Empirie. p. 577-581. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. ISBN: 978-3810039262

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