Schooling the Boys: Masculinities and Primary Education

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This title explores where masculinity is in primary schools. It has been argued by some commentators that a contributory factor to boys' underachievement is the predominance of women teachers in primary schools which has led to classroom management and teaching styles which "favour" girls. As this book shows, primary schools produce a range of masculinities for pupils to draw on. A number of questions are raised: what are the tensions for boys between what the school expects from them as "school pupils" and how ...
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Overview

This title explores where masculinity is in primary schools. It has been argued by some commentators that a contributory factor to boys' underachievement is the predominance of women teachers in primary schools which has led to classroom management and teaching styles which "favour" girls. As this book shows, primary schools produce a range of masculinities for pupils to draw on. A number of questions are raised: what are the tensions for boys between what the school expects from them as "school pupils" and how they are drawn to behave as a "boy"? How does a primary school produce certain masculine styles in its day-to-day routines? In what ways do girls respond to male practices and behaviours in the primary school classroom? The book aims to provide readers with an understanding of the background literature on boys and schooling, an insight into "masculinity-making" in primary schools, and to offer strategies for developing gender-relevant programmes.
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The issues of grade school education of boys and problems with underachievement provide the focus for this study. Skelton (gender studies, U. of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK) divides the work into a critique of recent research, an examination of theories of masculinity, and a description of her own approach, followed by case studies. Skelton's study is based in part on research carried out for her PhD thesis; some of the chapters were published previously. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335206957
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Series: Educating Boys, Learning Gender Series
  • Pages: 222
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Table of Contents

Series editors' introduction ix
Acknowledgements xiii
Introduction 1
Part 1 Context and theoretical perspectives 9
1 A history of boys' schooling 11
2 Theorizing masculinities 39
3 Boys and primary schooling: a feminist perspective 61
Part 2 Inside the primary classroom 77
4 Primary schools and local communities 79
5 Being a (school) boy 96
6 Male teachers and primary schools 116
7 Heterosexuality in the primary classroom 139
8 Conclusion: gender in the primary classroom 164
References 180
Index 199
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