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Need to bring feminine culture and communication style to classroom for better quality of school life
Many gender studies and principles of feminist pedagogy based on values of caring, sharing, cooperation, participation, support and collaboration are more appropriate for educating children.

In the light of these evidences, there is a need to make a shift from the masculine school culture based on competition, show of strength, dominance, power grabbing, individualism, assertiveness, and egotism to feminine.

Education, in its true sense, is seen as a social process and an extension of home to learn formal subjects and develop appropriate cognitive and pro-social skills to live a meaningful life. However, wrongfully, we have made education a socially isolating process through competitions leading to rivalry; control through reward and punishment; abstract ways of presenting information through masculine communication orientation; technological solutions and individualization.

Consequently, many educators have started advocating for feminization of education, classroom interaction and communication. In other words, education needs to be seen as a web of caring, sharing and interactive relationships to foster and nurture learning to produce really educated and rational people.

The main implication of this perspective of education is that in our classrooms, we should make a shift towards the much advocated 'feminine culture and communication orientation' (FCCO) to create and sustain relationships and support one another' learning by perusing the values of caring and sharing.  The main features of the FCCO are the cooperation, mutual support, empathy, relationship-focus, and attention to interactional processes along with their analysis and formative evaluation of learning.

According to noted Dutch social-psychologist, to create feminine classroom culture, both teachers and students need to emphasize concern for one another and developing relationship among them through cooperative and collaborative learning methods and communication through optimistic and positive language, nonverbal immediacy. In other words, equitable social or interpersonal relationship in behavior and personality need to be seen as product of socialization and education in schools for FCCO to succeed.

Hofstede further says that feminization of education stands for a classroom culture and interaction in which social gender roles overlap and get educated to be modest, tender, and concerned with the quality of life along with cognitive development. He adds that since masculine cultures are individualistic, and feminine cultures are more collective and pro-social, therefore, the latter are more suitable for imparting education which is essentially a psycho-social process.

Thus, in order to bring FCCO, teachers need to be trained in positive psychology; non-aggressive nonverbal communication skills; humour; poetic language art communication skills, emotional intelligence and cooperative learning techniques.

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