The issues surrounding boys' 'underachievement' have been at the centre of public debate about education and the raising of standards. This work provides a detailed and nuanced 'case study' of the issues in the UK, which can be of international relevance as the moral panic is a globalised one, taking place in diverse countries.
Failing Boys? Issues in Gender and Achievement challenges the widespread perception that all boys are underachieving at school. It raises the more important and critical questions of which boys? At what stage of education? And according to what criteria?
The issues surrounding boys' 'underachievement' have been at the centre of public debate about education and the raising of standards in recent years. Media and political responses to the 'problem of boys' have tended to be simplistic, partial, and owe more to 'quick fixes' than investigation and research. Failing Boys? provides a detailed and nuanced 'case study' of the issues in the UK, which will be of international relevance as the moral panic is a globalised one, taking place in diverse countries. The contributors to this book take seriously the issues of boys' 'underachievement' inside and outside school from a critical perspective which draws on the insights of previous feminist studies of education to illuminate the problems associated with the education of boys.
This will be a key text for educators, policy makers, students and teachers of education, sociology, gender studies and cultural studies and others interested in gender and achievement.
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Debbie Epstein, Jannette Elwood, Valerie Hey and Janet Maw are all associates of the Centre for Research and Education on Gender at the Institute of Education, University of London. All have published widely on different aspects of education and gender and they organized the seminar series, Gender and Education: Are Boys Now Underachieving which was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council during 1995-1997.
Table of Contents
Part one: Boys' underachievement in context
Schoolboy frictions feminism and failing boys "A habit of healthy idleness" boys' underachievement in historical perspective
Part two: Different constructions of the debate and its under-currents
Girls will be girls and boys will be first 'Zero tolerance', gender performance and school failure Breaking out of the binary trap boys' underachievement, schooling and gender relations Real boys don't work masculinities, 'underachievement' and the harassment of sissies
Part three: Boys, which boys?
Loose canons exploding the myth of the 'black macho' lad Boys underachievement, special needs practices and equity
Curriculum, assessment and the debate
Language and gender who, if anyone, is disadvantaged by what? Gendered learning outside and inside school influences on achievement Index.
FAILING BOYS? by Debbie Epstein
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