Presentation on theme: "The Internet platform Gender-Portal as a tool for development of gender competence Eva Wegrzyn University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Centre for Higher."— Presentation transcript:
The Internet platform Gender-Portal as a tool for development of gender competence Eva Wegrzyn University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany Centre for Higher Education and Quality Development
3 Outline 1.The university as a complex organisation 2.Three elements of gender competence 3.Complexity of gender knowledge 4.The content of the Gender-Portal 5.Summary and conclusion
4 1. The university as a complex organisation (“expertocracy”) point of reference: scientific community We’d like to implement… No, thanks.
5 1.1 The objective of the Gender-Portal providing scientific and practical information to the basic issues of gender in academia access to gender knowledge as an element of gender competence gender competence may support the implementation of gender mainstreaming
6 2. Three elements of gender-competence 1. Intention motivation to work towards the goal of gender equality 2. Ability personal and organisational 3. Knowledge of the cultural and social impact of gender
7 3. Complexity of gender knowledge 1.Everyday knowledge of the man and woman ‘on the street’; little reflected (e.g. universal ‘maternal instinct’) it is more ‘in the body’ than in the mind; enables interaction and a sense of security everybody has it! 2.Scientific knowledge is determined by the rules of game of the (feminist) scientific community; ‘abstract’ (e.g. constructivist turn); academics strive to detach themselves from everyday knowledge 3.Expert knowledge mediates between everyday knowledge and scientific knowledge; experts need to focus on the context of the ‘customers’ and their needs & are criticised for being obedient to neo-liberal ideas What types of knowledge does the Gender- Portal provide?
8 4. The content of the Gender-Portal combines scientific knowledge and experts’ knowledge Main topics Gender & Teaching; Gender Studies, Gender Mainstreaming; Natural Sciences & Engineering - findings of Women and Gender Studies - (best-)practice-examples and guidelines for women advancement plans, ‘gender-sensitive’ teaching - commented publication and link lists Data & Facts differentiated by sex and status Gender Publication Platform & Gender University Calendar which make ‘home-made’ gender knowledge visible Important addresses on campus for service and counselling
9 Summary and conclusion In universities, the advancement of innovations (GM) is a complicated process, because of the strong base (experts like professors) whose point of reference is rather the scientific community than the home institution. Task of the top: stimulate ‘cognitively’ and try to appeal to the intrinsic motivation concerning GM. “Gender knowledge” is a key element of gender competence which might help to reflect gendered everyday knowledge