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New perspectives towards gender equality: the case of muslim minority in Greece
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Education.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Significant progress has been made the last decades in Thrace, northern Greece, in the Muslim minority education setting, with respect to gender parity in school enrollment, retention, and progression from primary to secondary education. The change of orientation of the Greek politics towards the Muslim minority which allowed for reforms and initiatives, the Project’s for the Education of Muslim Children (PEM) actions alongside with the overall changes of modernization are perceived to be the determinants for the substantial changes in the landscape of Muslim minority education. But why there are still gender disparities within secondary education? This research study focuses on the ways the concept of gender equality is addressed, promoted or undermined and thus identifies ways that facilitate and promote gender equality through education. The investigation took place in the prefecture of Xanthi, in rural and urban areas, with the participation of teachers and female students. In total, forty teachers and fifty three students responded to questionnaires while thirty of them participated in focus group interviews.

The present study points to some interesting findings which provide an insight on gender equality teaching, the project’s contribution, and obstacles for the completion of compulsory[1]education from the students’ and teachers’ perspective.  Drawing on the evidence of the study, despite the significant progress in female students’ access in education, there are still significant social and cultural constraints in shaping one’s own educational path.

[1] Education in Greece is compulsory for all children aged six to fifteen years and consists of three stages; pre-school, primary and lower secondary education


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 97 p.
Keyword [en]
gender equality, girls, minority, secondary education, Greece
National Category
Sociology (excluding Social Work, Social Psychology and Social Anthropology)
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-116868OAI: diva2:809218
2014-05-28, 2503, Frescativägen 54, Frescati, Stockholm, Stockholm, 12:00 (English)
Available from: 2015-05-07 Created: 2015-04-30 Last updated: 2015-05-07Bibliographically approved

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