have called for radical and comparative examination of social and cultural
contexts to illuminate the complex and interrelated realities of education
in an increasingly changing world. The intentional interdisciplinary inquiry
of micro- and macro-level forces that foster or constrain opportunities
for education remains an under-studied facet of today's gender and education
Keeping with the CIES conference's theme "Development as Freedom:
The Role of Education," this year's Gender and Education Committee
will sponsor a day-long symposium that will take place on Thursday, March
11th at the 2004 CIES conference in Salt Lake City. The symposium, "Examining
the Social, Cultural and Political Contexts of Gender and Education,"
will address the impact of agency and structure on participation in education,
and propose viable and innovative strategies for achieving gender parity
in this area. The day will offer symposium registrants the choice of morning
and afternoon sessions featuring invited guest speakers.
Session A (10:15 AM - 12:15 PM): Listening to Voice
This session positions individuals at the center of the social and cultural
environments that define them. Their voices--some powerful, influential
and imperious, while others faint and even silenced--reveal the critical
role of gender in education. To the extent that the complex nexus of gender
relations involves power dynamics, this session will address how different
forms of power influence, if not govern, educational opportunities for
male and female students. Situating voice within the context of families,
communities and nations, this session explores the cultural and sociopolitical
conditions which shape, mold and dictate individual agency, which in turn
determines educational choices.
Session B (10:15 AM - 12:15 PM): Ethnicity and Religion in Educational
This session will focus on how ethnicity and religion function as intersecting
socio-cultural forces in the community. In particular, panelists will
analyze the underlying and often hidden socio-cultural factors embedded
within ethnic and religious traditions of the home, and the community
which figure prominently in the educational opportunities for the young.
By examining how notions of ethnic identity and religious beliefs function
in the home, the panelists will reveal the ways in which these social
structures influence gender related chances for education. It will also
explore the dichotomy between local and state ethnic and religious identities,
and the ways in which these tensions influence educational opportunities
in rural and urban settings.
(12:15 PM - 1:30 PM): Welcome: Bonnie Ballif-Spanvill, Director, Women's
Research Institute, Brigham Young University
The Women's Research Institute of Brigham Young University's Women's Research
Institute will host a luncheon for current and future scholars, practitioners
and policy makers in the field.
Session A (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM): National and International Structures that
Shape Educational Opportunity
Globalization has resulted in the emergence of institutions that have
significant implications for education. The cauldron of bilateral and
multilateral organizations operating across national boundaries and parameters
fundamentally shape educational policy and practice. Speakers at this
session will examine the dichotomy between national educational ministries
and international institutions, and the ways in which their philosophical
and cultural differences influence access to educational opportunities.
Topics will include organizational structure of policy-making bodies such
as the World Bank and UNESCO.
Session B (1:30 PM - 3:30 PM): Shaping Educational Policy
Significant efforts over the past three decades have created and expanded
opportunities for education. These initiatives, in terms of educational
policy, have been informed by both the ideals of development theorists
and the experiences of practitioners. In particular, international conferences
and cross-cultural interactions have formulated frameworks for improving
education, especially in countries where financial resources are scarce.
This session raises the question of how local perspectives and indigenous
knowledge are incorporated into programmatic initiatives such as Education
for All, and provides a venue for discussion that advances educational
and Conclusions (3:30 PM - 4:00 PM)
The group will reconvene at the end of the symposium. Mary Ann Maslak,
Chair of the Gender and Education Committee, will offer concluding remarks
about the transformative leverage of agency in individual's attitudes,
beliefs and values, as well as the structural realities that define customary
boundaries that influence education.
Please register for the symposium when you register for the conference.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Ann Maslak at email@example.com