Schooling the Boys: Masculinities and Primary Education

Schooling the Boys: Masculinities and Primary Education

by Christine Skelton
     
 
This book 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

Overview

This book 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 programs.

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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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780335206957
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill Companies, The
Publication date:
07/28/2001
Series:
Educating Boys, Learning Gender Series
Pages:
222
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.47(d)

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