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3.6.3. Subject Specific Competences. Correlation Table 4 presents the order of the specific competences, according to the ranking. The most important three specific competences for the academics are coloured in dark blue. The least important three specific competences for the academics are coloured in light blue. The most important competence for all the four groups is: — ability to demonstrate understanding of the interaction between gender and other forms of inequality, such as class, ethnicity, sexual orientation and age (7). A striking and even surprising result of the questionnaire is that the appreciation of the ability for the application of quantitative research methods in research on women and gender (13) has been considered as almost the least important competence by all groups of respondents. However it should be noted that this is a relative degree. Almost all respondents rate the level of importance above 2 at a scale of 1-4; and for PhD’s the rating is over 3. There is no doubt that graduates, activists and academics are aware of the importance of quantitative methods in several forms of research. Students, graduates and those active in women’s centres however rank this competence in the lowest, academics rank it in the middle range. This may be explained by looking at the role of quantitative methods in different fields of research. In many social sciences they are absolutely crucial, but within the humanities and more interpretative social studies quantitative methods are less important. Gender Studies have developed in both contexts, and often a critical approach to statistical data about gender roles has inspired the field. For Gender Studies, numbers in themselves are not convincing, and Gender Studies scholars have shown that a mere numerical approach to reality does not explain the complicated multilayeredness of gender as a social category, as an aspect of psychology and a way of representing power relations and hierarchies. Gender Studies have been connected to strong traditions of qualitative corrections of quantitative research results. Located at the crossroads of the humanities and social sciences and sciences, Gender Studies have contributed to the critical evaluation of the boundaries dividing the three cultures of research and the hierarchies that are implied by the suggestion that numbers provide better knowledge than interpretations. This critical tradition may explain the low estimation of the respondents, and it will be important for the field to reflect on the meaning of this estimation. 80

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

Gender Studies Tuning Brochure  

Tuning Educational Structures in Europe The name Tuning was chosen for the project to refl ect the idea that universities do not look for u...

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