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Global Education Colloquium: Getting to Girls
Start Date: 12/11/2018Start Time: 12:00 PM
End Date: 12/11/2018End Time: 1:00 PM

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The Millennium Development Goals’ (hereafter, MDGs) inclusion of girls as a specific population target (Schneider & Ingram, 1993) represented a significant shift in the way that gender was used as an organizing framework in international education policy and development. Grounded in a critical feminist discursive institutional perspective (Kangas, Niemelä & Varjonen, 2014; Kuwalik, 2009; Mackay, Kenney, Chappell, 2010; Schmidt, 2008), this presentation will purposely interrogate the discourse construction of girls as a target population in international education policy and development during the MDGs. Using historical policy documents, contextualized by interviews with girls’ education actors, my analysis shows the incremental shift from policies targeting children and those targeting women, to specific policies targeting girls as a unique and distinct population of interest in education policy making. Further, this presentation will identify how the focus on girls was extended during the MDGs to include boys and men as ‘allies’ for gender equality in education. Taken together, the aims and outcomes of this presentation problematize the gendered constructions of population targeting and highlight implications for girls’ education policy and agenda setting for the Sustainable Development Goal era.

Emily Anderson is currently an Associate Professor of Education Studies at Centenary University, transitioning to Florida International University in 2019 as a
Visiting Assistant Professor of International and Intercultural Education. Dr. Anderson holds dual-title PhD in Educational Theory and Policy and Comparative and International Education from The Pennsylvania State University, and Master’s degrees in both Comparative and International Education and Educational Leadership from Lehigh University. Using qualitative, participatory and network approaches, her research investigates the construction, diffusion, and complex negotiation of gender in internationally comparative education policy discourses. Her work is published widely in journals and collections including Girlhood Studies, Studies in Social Justice, and The International Handbook of Teacher Quality & Policy, amongst others. Dr. Anderson is a Co-Chair of the Gender and Education Standing Committee of the Comparative and International Education Society and a 2018 – 2019 Visiting Scholar with the Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi Foundation for Policy Research.
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Name: Anthony Hopkins
Phone: 215-895-0900
Email: ajh357@drexel.edu
Drexel University School of Education
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