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Original article | Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 2021, Vol. 16(1) 99-112

Gender Issues in English Language Teacher Education: Cinderella’s Awakening through Comparative Literature

Esin Kumlu & İrem Çomoğlu

pp. 99 - 112   |  DOI:   |  Manu. Number: MANU-2012-24-0005.R1

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The socio-dynamics of the 21st century classroom reveals the importance of gender sensitivity as a living mechanism which constructs both intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships. This study explores how reading and discussing comparative children’s literature could impact pre-service English teachers’ understanding of gender issues at a university in the west of Turkey. Adopting a qualitative case study design, the present study involved 25 senior pre-service teachers who were taking the literature course in the 2018-2019 academic year, fall term. Data was collected through written reports and semi-structured interviews. We analyzed the data inductively with codes and themes developing out of a recursive process of data collection and analysis. The findings display that a comparative analysis of fairy tales is an effective means through which the pre-service teachers develop gender sensitivity and become critically literate as a teacher. Besides, the comparative analysis helps the female participants improve self-sufficiency as a woman. Implications are also included for language teacher education programs.

Keywords: Comparative Literature, Gender Issues, Pre-Service English Teachers, Qualitative Case Study

How to Cite this Article?

APA 6th edition
Kumlu, E. & Comoglu, I. (2021). Gender Issues in English Language Teacher Education: Cinderella’s Awakening through Comparative Literature . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 16(1), 99-112. doi: 10.29329/epasr.2020.334.6

Kumlu, E. and Comoglu, I. (2021). Gender Issues in English Language Teacher Education: Cinderella’s Awakening through Comparative Literature . Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research, 16(1), pp. 99-112.

Chicago 16th edition
Kumlu, Esin and Irem Comoglu (2021). "Gender Issues in English Language Teacher Education: Cinderella’s Awakening through Comparative Literature ". Educational Policy Analysis and Strategic Research 16 (1):99-112. doi:10.29329/epasr.2020.334.6.

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