The rhetoric of PDP in higher education: a gender-neutral discourse?

James Moir*

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Abstract

Personal development Planning (PDP) has become a central feature for students in higher education and is linked to employability. This has come about as the result of an awareness that in a globalized education and workplace market, students need to be more competitive in developing and marketing their academic and other skills. However, this inner-directed process has spawned a discourse of voluntarism that dissolves engagement with political issues such as the gender implications of programmes of study and associated careers. This paper argues that a gender-neutral focus on the ‘person’ can potentially lead to the maintenance of inequalities for career pathways for men and women. This conceptualization is compared with that of work-life balance which, in effect, is taken as applying more to women than men, but which is formulated within gender-neutral discourse.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of IAC 2020 in Vienna
EditorsHelena Kratochvílová, Radek Kratochvíl
Place of PublicationPrague
PublisherCzech Institute of Academia Education
Pages7-14
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9788088203179
Publication statusPublished - 24 Jul 2020
EventInternational Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning and E-learning - virtual, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 24 Jul 202025 Jul 2020
http://www.conferences-scientific.cz/inpage/conference-vienna-iactlel-2020

Conference

ConferenceInternational Academic Conference on Teaching, Learning and E-learning
Abbreviated titleIAC-TLEl in Vienna 2020
CountryAustria
CityVienna
Period24/07/2025/07/20
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