Previous research and critical inquiries on gender have demonstrated the complexity of gender relations in the society and in various educational settings in particular. Our understandings of gender issues have changed and we have become aware of educational challenges related to gender, such as different achievements of girls and boys at school, gender biased and stereotypical choices of school subjects and professions. Moreover, as a result of bigger enrolment of women in the field of education in all its segments scholars have begun to talk about the feminisation of education. In addition, research on gender performances and interests in both masculinities and femininities proliferate, to name just a few topics. Gender and education is now well-established agenda considered also by policy makers.
We believe it is time gender and education became an autonomous network within EERA. Moreover, the importance of gender as a topic of research in the scope of education sciences domain needs to be thus recognized. Knowledge produced by continuous, high class research on gender issues is needed also for successful evidence based educational policy making.
The main objective of the Network is to strengthen the collaboration and enhance sharing of the research experience across different disciplines in order to improve the quality of the research and to acquire a transnational, more holistic approach and comprehensive view on gender and gender equality in education within Europe and globally.