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B.C. Teachers Need Gender Training, Professor Allyson Jule Says

Allyson Jule Awarded Davis Distinguished Teacher for 2011 at Trinity Western University

Snippets of Insight

"We assume or hope that classrooms are fair and meaningful places. Some teachers may well be more aware than others of the way gender influences performance and participation. If so, how did they get more aware? Most teachers teach the way they were taught. It takes a lot to change things..."
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"I thought my main role as a parent was: to tell them to be themselves. But I can see that there are many places where they can't 'be themselves'. Classrooms make up a big chunk of a child's experience - I want to know what is going on there."
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"I don't think this is about women being 'noisier' - it's about participating rather than being a silent audience member in your own life. Also, men are being pressured to be men in ways that are limiting them. Maybe we can all rest a bit if we can stop performing gender and be more genuine with who we are."
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Dr. Allyson Jule is Professor of Education and Co-Director of the Gender Studies Institute at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada. She has a PhD in Education from Roehampton (Institute) University, London, UK. She has taught in classrooms and teacher education programs across Canada and around the UK.

Dr. Jule's first book, Gender, silence, and participation in the language classroom: Sh-shushing the girlsis a personal account of a ten month study of one Canadian Punjabi Sikh grade-two language classroom. Her findings suggest boys speak more than the girls (by a ratio of 9:1) in public/teacher-led lessons. With a current popular concern for the underachievement of boys, her ideas on "linguistic space" and gender identities in classrooms offers unique perspectives on classroom life. Her ideas challenge the current trend in education research which paints boys as the "underclass" and, instead, points to the complexity of gender and negotiations of belonging within schools.

As a 3rd wave feminist scholar, Dr. Jule continued her exploration of gender in her book Gender and the Language of Religion (2004). The book emerged from research undertaken while a Scholar in Residence at Regent College at the University of British Columbia, Canada. As a collection of essays from a variety of scholars, each explores the intersection of gender and religious identity in different religious communities (Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist, Hindu).

In 2006 Dr. Jule co edited her third book with Dr. Bettina Tate Pedersen, Being Feminist, Being Christian: Essays from Academia, Available in paperback, the collection of essays explores the basic question "Can a person be Christian and feminist at the same time?" from a variety of academic disciplines.

Language and Religious Identity, Women in Discourse (2007) is her edited collection of studies from around the world connecting applied linguistic research with the complexities of women and religion as emphasized as an identity marker enacted in linguistic ways. Studies included are from the United States, Nigeria, Brazil, Poland and Canada, and focus on different linguistic environments, including gender online and in advertising.

A Beginner's Guide to Language and Gender is Dr. Jule's most recent publication. The text introduces major theoretical and practical perspectives necessary to understanding the relationship between language and gender/sex in media, schools, commerce, places of worship and in the home.

A Beginner's Guide to Gender and Language.
Multilingual Matters, 2008

Language and Religious identity: Women in Discourse.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (editor)

Being feminist; Being Christian: Essays from Academia.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2006. (co-editor with Bettina Tate Pedersen)

Gender and the Language of Religion.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2005

Gender, Silence, and Participation in Language Education: Sh-shushing the Girls.
Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

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