Gender Issues and Social Science Education - An Interim Report


  • Mechthild Oechsle
  • Karin Wetterau



This article discusses the relevance of gender issues for social science education and gives an interim report on developments in the field. We explore the significance of gender differences in political attitudes and preferences for certain topics of instruction, consider differences in the learning needs of male and female students, and analyse the curricular challenges involved in incorporating the gender perspective in the classroom. Deficits in the curricular coverage of gender issues reflect the fact that the didactics of social science is still hesitant in its response to the findings of women's and gender studies, and has yet to integrate gender issues as a core element of social science education.