Social Representations of Gender: A Contextual Construction in Schools

Luisa Ramírez, Ximena Palacios-Espinosa, Paolo Ferroni, Camila Alejandra Beltrán Prieto

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Social representations of gender (sr), namely, beliefs, values, attitudes, and symbolic content about gender affect people’s behavior and relations to others in social life. Gender representations help explain gender violence among the adolescent population. A qualitative study was conducted to explore the gender sr of teachers and students from two cities in Colombia: Bogotá and Ibagué. Multimethod data collection was performed using a word-association task with 37 teachers and a collaborative cartoon construction task with 284 students from both cities. Thematic analysis and triangulation were performed on this data. Knowledge and informational sources were explored in-depth among students and teachers. The analysis of gender representations revealed rather traditional views: binary representations of gender roles, gender relations, physical characteristics, and behavioral expectations for men and women. The study also found differences between the two educational contexts, scarce references to sexual diversity, and a nuance of tragedy in female gender roles and relations.

Translated title of the contributionRepresentaciones Sociales de Género: Una Construcción Contextual en la Escuela
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-84
Number of pages20
JournalRevista Colombiana de Psicologia
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2023
EventLay Theories about Gender and Gender-relations among
Colombian Teenagers : SPSSI 2022 SUMMER CONFERENCE
- Hotel Royal Sonesta , San Juan, Puerto Rico
Duration: Jun 24 2022Jun 26 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Psychology


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