Revistes Catalanes amb Accés Obert (RACO)

La participación de todas las mujeres en la escuela

M. Ángeles Serrano


Purpose: The “other women”, women without academic degree whose voices have
been traditionally silenced, are leading processes of personal transformation when they
have the chance to participate in the educative centres. Through the classes, doing
volunteering services, taking part in the decision-making bodies or being involved in
associations, the “other women” are promoting their own learning and breaking with
cultural and gender stereotypes. Furthermore, the inclusion of the “other women”
voices in the participatory spaces from which they have been excluded enables to
answer claims and demands which improve the management of the educative centres
and the overcoming of gender inequalities.
Design/methodology: From the communicative methodology approach, the paper is
constructed based on an in-depth review of scientific publications on dialogic feminism
and the analysis of a case study carried out in the Association Heura of the Adult School
La Verneda-SantMartí (Barcelona), an association created and managed by adult
women in basic education processes. Heura’s mission is the educational and social
promotion of women who, because their lack of basic degrees, are in risk of being
excluded from the social participation spheres.
Findings: Results show how the inclusion of the different voices of the “other women”
is key to improve the quality of education, because they enlarge and diversify the
existing resources, and for the democratization of the participation and representative
channels of the educative centres, which have an effect on improving the management
of the centres. On the other hand, it is shown how “other women” are including their
claims in the agenda, restructuring the social and educative services and fostering the
transformation of their contexts.
Originality/value: The present paper analyses the educative participation carried out
by the “other women” in centres, showing how their inclusion produces impact in three
spheres: personal, centres and society.

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