Failing Boys?: Issues in Gender and Achievement

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Discusses issues surrounding boys' alleged underachievement in UK schools, drawing on insights of previous feminist studies of education to illuminate the problems associated with the education of boys. Topics include boys' underachievement in historical perspective, gender learning outside and inside school, and underachievement, masculinity, and the harassment of sissies. For students, educators, and policy makers in education, sociology, and gender studies. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335202386
  • Publisher: Open University Press
  • Publication date: 11/28/1998
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.99 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Boys' underachievement in context 1
1 Schoolboy frictions: feminism and 'failing' boys 3
2 'A habit of healthy idleness': boys' underachievement in historical perspective 19
Pt. II Different constructions of the debate and its undercurrents 35
3 Girls will be girls and boys will be first 37
4 'Zero tolerance': gender performance and school failure 56
5 Breaking out of the binary trap: boy's underachievement, schooling and gender relations 77
6 Real boys don't work: 'underachievement', masculinity, and the harassment of 'sissies' 96
Pt. III Boys, which boys? 109
7 Loose canons: exploding the myth of the 'black macho' lad 111
8 Boys' underachievement, special needs practices and questions of equity 128
Pt. IV Curriculum, assessment and the debate 145
9 Language and gender: who, if anyone, is disadvantaged by what? 147
10 Gendered learning outside and inside school: influences on achievement 162
Index 182
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