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Boys and Schooling in the Early Years / Edition 1

Boys and Schooling in the Early Years / Edition 1

by Paul Connolly, Connolly Paul
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Boys' underachievement in education has now become a global concern, taxing the minds of governments across the Western world. Boys and Schooling in the Early Years represents the first major study of its kind to focus specifically on young boys and achievement. It makes a powerful argument for the need to begin tackling the problem of boys' lower educational performance in the early years.

This book includes one of the most detailed and up-to-date analyses of national evidence regarding gender differences in educational achievement - from the early years through to the end of compulsory schooling. Together with original and in-depth case studies that vividly capture the differing experiences and perspectives of 5-6 year old boys, the book sets out the nature of the problems facing them in education and highlights a number of practical ways in which these issues can begin to be addressed.

This is essential reading for all those working in the early years, who are concerned about boys' lower levels of achievement, and want to know what they can do about it.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415298414
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 08/25/2004
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

About the Author

Paul Connolly is Reader in Education at Queen's University, Belfast.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Rhetoric and the Reality of 'Boys' Underachievement 1. 'Boys' Underachievement': The Evidence 2. 'Boys' Underachievement': The Explanations Part 2: Theorising boys and Masculinity in the early years 3. Vygotsky, Bourdieu and the Social Contexts of Young Children's Development. Part 3: Case Studies of young Boys and Schooling 4. Worlds Apart: Introducing South Park and North Parade 5. Home-School Relations in South Park 6. 'Fish in Water': The Schooling Habitus of Young Middle Class Boys 7. Home-School Relations in North Parade 8. 'Fish Out of Water': The Schooling Habitus of Young Working Class Boys Part 4: Implications for Practice 9. Conclusions: Working with Young Boys

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