Sylvie Kerger is a Senior Lecturer in Educational Psychology at the University of Luxembourg. She has been working at the University since 2003. Currently, she teaches in the BScE program. From 2003 to 2006, she has participated in the integration of the former teacher training course (Institut supérieur d’études et de recherches pédagogiques) in the new structure of the University of Luxembourg. Her current teaching subjects are project management, communication between families and schools, school development and gender in childhood.

In her PhD research (2005), she investigated how to enhance girls’ interest in scientific topics. Over the course of her career, she has participated in different research projects (school dropout, gender in educational settings, family-school relationship, and so forth). From 2019 to 2021, she was the leader of a project that focused on the analysis of gender representations and stereotypes in primary school textbooks. Her current project is about analysing gender representations in secondary school textbooks.

She regularly holds workshops, conferences and seminars on the subject of gender in education.

Research interests
Gender Stereotypes
Gender Representation in Textbooks
Gender and Childhood
Development of Interests
Professional Aspirations

Latest content Sylvie Kerger took part in

Education & Social Work
Improving early numeracy competencies through compensatory and differentiated interventions at school and at home (MATHPLAY -> MATHBRIDGE)
A quasi-experimental study to support the Early Numeracy Competencies through a Play-based approach both in schools and at home.
Education & Social Work
Families and schools. Involvement of foreign families in schools (FAMILYSCHOOL)
Action research to support the integration of (newly arrived) foreign families in schools.

The Erasmus+ Project KA2 – Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices, (specifically, KA201 – Strategic partnerships for schooling), from 2019 to 2021 (monitoring carried out until 2026), analysed, designed and evaluated innovations regarding the integration, communication and involvement of foreign-origin families in schools in Spain, Italy and Luxembourg.
Education & Social Work
Gender representations in primary school textbooks
Textbooks are powerful media; in addition to subject knowledge and pedagogic content, they also convey social norms and values.

This project aims to identify and examine gender representations and stereotypes in Luxembourg primary school textbooks.

Through a mixed methods research, we determine the proportions of female and male characters and analyse the gender roles in which they are represented. A diversity of gender representations and role models in textbooks are fundamental to child development and socialisation.