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Educational toolkits for fighting gender stereotypes, based on the example of the transport sector

The objective of this study was to develop two educational toolkits for primary and secondary school pupils, which will assist in fighting gender stereotypes that impact the gender imbalance of the transport sector. The toolkits will be soon available in 24 languages, for use in all EU Member States. Their main purpose is to help young people understand that occupations are not reserved for a particular gender while learning about the transport sector as a career option for anyone.

The development of the toolkits relied on several research and educational material development activities organised into seven consecutive tasks. Tasks 1 to 3 reviewed and presented an overview of existing educational toolkits, materials addressing gender stereotypes in transport and an overview of information and data on current and future occupations in the transport sector from a gender perspective. This input directly informed the development of the toolkits’ main messages, the pedagogical approach in Task 4 and the drafting of the full toolkits and final study report as part of Task 5. Task 6 involved testing the toolkits in primary and secondary schools and Task 7 concerned their finalisation, including their translation into all official EU languages, illustration and graphic design and drawing up a dissemination plan for strategic and wide-reaching dissemination of these toolkits across the EU. 

Desk research, stakeholder consultation relying on two surveys, and several rounds of interviews with transport and educational stakeholders were the key research tools used to draw up and gather feedback on the content of the toolkits and the final study report. The deliverables also rely on the analysis of results of the testing exercise that was carried out in collaboration with national experts in primary and secondary schools in five EU Member States (Austria, Finland, Hungary, Lithuania and Spain) in the language of instruction using pre- and post-lesson questionnaires and interviews.