Volume 17 Number 37 December 30, 2016

The Image of the Female Body in Contemporary Society: An Approach from the Arts Classroom

Carol Gillanders
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Carmen Franco-Vázquez
University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Citation: Gillanders, C., & Franco-Vázquez, C. (2016). The image of the female body in contemporary society: An approach from the arts classroom. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 17(37). Retrieved from http://www.ijea.org/v17n37/.


Project-based learning and artistic creation provide future secondary teachers with an opportunity to experience and to reflect on the importance of including a gender perspective in education. This article describes a case study where students of the Postgraduate course in Secondary Teacher Training explore the image of the female body in comics, publicity, beauty contests and the world of fashion with the aim of planning and designing a project that can be undertaken by school-age children and promoting the discussion of issues such as equity and equality of rights and opportunities for women and men in subjects they will later on have to teach in a secondary school classroom.

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