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A Qualitative Research on Higher Education Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior towards SDG 5, Gender Equality

Version 1 : Received: 31 July 2021 / Approved: 2 August 2021 / Online: 2 August 2021 (14:45:06 CEST)

How to cite: Ortega, A.L.; Kingsley-Thomas, D.; Suarez, P. A Qualitative Research on Higher Education Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior towards SDG 5, Gender Equality. Preprints 2021, 2021080050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0050.v1). Ortega, A.L.; Kingsley-Thomas, D.; Suarez, P. A Qualitative Research on Higher Education Students’ Knowledge, Attitudes and Behavior towards SDG 5, Gender Equality. Preprints 2021, 2021080050 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202108.0050.v1).

Abstract

A project-based module on Sustainable Development Goal number 5, Gender Equality, was im-plemented on 5 different groups of Business English students consisting of a total number of 62 students in higher education. The main purpose of this project was to raise awareness of this goal by means of a flipped method in which students were required to carry out some research on specific areas of the aforementioned goal and work in teams to elaborate oral presentations. Once their findings were shared in class, students were expected to answer a written questionnaire of open-ended questions which were part of a qualitative analysis. Results of this survey showed that not only 90% of the students gained in depth knowledge of this goal, but also 85% had built a positive attitude to take initiative and 80% were optimistic about future gender equality. Finally, 70% of students suggested further social action to curb the problem of gender discrimination. On the whole, the flipped classroom method of learning combined with project-based group work have proven to be an effective way to raise awareness of this goal, create a more positive attitude, in-crease their willingness to take action as well as widening their English lexical resources.

Keywords

SDG; Gender Equality; project-based methodology

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