Closing the Gender Gap: Postwar Education and Social Change / Edition 1

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Overview

The education gender gap is closing. Since the 1980s examination results have changed dramatically, as girls have 'caught up' with and, in some cases, overtaken boys. Through an analysis of the postwar transformation in British economic, social and cultural life, this book provides valuable insights into how and why this unprecedented change has taken place.. "Closing the Gender Gap will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in education, sociology and gender studies.
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"This book is an excellent read and I have no doubt that it will become a standard text in the sociology of education. It represents the first attempt at explaining the closing gender gap (if not the emergence of a new one!) in terms of the wider social, political, cultural and economic changes in the 1980s and 1990s." Phillip Brown, School of Social and Administrative Studies, University of Wales, Cardiff

"There are 3 main reasons why this book is worth reading many times and from different perspectives. The first is that it brings together the long-term scholarship of three of England's leading feminist scholars in education. The second is that it is an important knowledge-based intervention in an educational debate which has claimed a high profile in media and education policy circles over the 1990s and into the 2000s. The third reason is that the book's lines of argument are conceptually and empircally rich and its conclusions provocative." British Educational Research Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780745618845
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 11/30/1999
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

Madeleine Arnot is Lecturer in the Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Jesus College.

Miriam David is Visiting Professorial Fellow at the London University Institute of Education.

Gaby Weiner is Professor of Teacher Education and Research Ume? University, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Pt. I Refashioning Gender Relations 1
1 Revisiting Gender in the 1990s 3
2 Changing Gender Patterns in Education 12
3 Challenging Victorian Values 32
Pt. II Social Policy and Education Reform 49
4 Motherhood and Women's Work in the Welfare State 51
5 Schooling, Teachers and Feminism 66
6 Markets, Competition and Performance 83
Pt. III New Generations of Girls and Boys 103
7 Schoolgirls and Social Change 105
8 Schoolboys and Social Change 125
9 Closing the Gender Gap in Education? 150
Authors' Note on Further Reading 157
References and Bibliography 159
Index 180
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