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Gender, School and Society


About This Resource

Please stay safe and use these COOL resources for TE and continue with your professional education during this COVID-19 pandemic lockdown period. You can use the URL or the TISSx android app .

What do the resources offer?

  • The Connected Open Online Learning (COOL) resources are meant to enable student teachers and teacher educators to stay connected to their learning and engage with concepts and practices for active and inclusive teaching and learning.
  • They are mapped onto the B.Ed Curriculum Framework of NCTE. (See the table below). Please note that these resources consist of some of the key topics put together as a resource and do not cover the entire course comprehensively.
  • These resources provide an overview of key topics from each course based on current research and practices. They are not exhaustive. It is essential to follow up with rigorous readings and school-based practices that are integral and necessary for teacher preparation. The resources provide scaffolding for some readings and suggestions for tasks to strengthen practice.

This resource on Gender, School, and Society is based on available Open Education Resources (OERs) reflecting current research and practices in this area. They are meant to give student teachers and teacher educators a broad overview of the contemporary discourses and practices in this area of study. The resources provide pointers for further readings to deepen one’s understanding, provide questions for critical reflections, and suggest tasks to help connect theory to classroom practice.

This resource will examine how we learn and challenge gendered roles in society, through a variety of institutions such as the family, caste, religion, culture, and so on. It is important to understand how socialization into a specific gender influences how we and others look at ourselves and others, and what opportunities for education we get. It would help teachers question such stereotypes and their beliefs through this course. The notions of body, identity, and sexuality are explored and the need for sexuality education is discussed in this course.

We hope you will find these resources useful. We also invite you to enroll in our online modular certificate courses when they are announced on

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NCTE curriculum and OERs mapping

S.No. NCTE B.Ed. Curriculum topics COOL Resource
1 Gender as lived experience
  • Understanding the terms- patriarchy, gender, intersectionality, sex, sexuality, feminine and masculine
  • Gender as a construct and performance
2 Gender and Schooling
  • Gender and school spaces, the role of textbooks and curriculum in gender construction
3 Gender, Sexuality, and Schooling
  • Sexuality is a social construction, need for sexuality education in schools, teaching- safe and unsafe touch, identity, gender, and body

TISS offers modular courses under the Post-Graduate Certificate for Reflective Teaching with ICT (RTICT), which have been offered by TISS to over 2000 teachers. This program will be useful for teachers and B.Ed students. The courses were developed as a part of the Connected Learning Initiative ( an initiative seeded by the Tata Trusts and led by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MA, USA; Winner of the King Hamad Prize for Excellence in the Use of ICTs in Education (2018). CLIx OER ( has several modules, simulations, and tools relating to school science, mathematics and English learning.

Another program offered at TISS, Mumbai, the Post Graduate Certificate in Contemporary Education Perspectives and Research (PGC-CEPR) is aimed at providing continuous professional development to faculty of teacher education institutions, M.Ed students, NGO personnel involved in teacher education, education administrators and policymakers.

TISS-COOL is supported by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, and grants from the Tata Trusts and Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya National Mission for Teachers and Teaching.

Resource Team

Ms.Emaya Kannamma

Dr. Indumathi. S

Authoring Team

Ms. Navya Varshney

Resource Card image Credit

Girls running by Priya Kuriyan, for सतरंगी लड़कियाँ written by Kamla Bhasin, published by Pratham Books (©Pratham Books, 2019) under a CC BY 4.0 license on StoryWeaver.)