Has the predominance of women teachers in primary schools led to classroom management and teaching styles which 'favour' girls? This book enables an understanding of the background literature on boys and schooling, an insight into 'masculinity-making' in primary schools, and offers strategies for developing gender-relevant programmes.
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 provides 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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"...is a valuable contribution to the growing body of feminist research exploring masculinities and schooling.
What is useful about Skelton's text is that she has managed to throw into relief the diversity and complexity of masculinities and schooling within this age group." - Gayle Letherby
About Christine Skelton
Christine Skelton is a lecturer at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne where she teaches on undergraduate courses in gender and identity and on the MA Gender Studies degree. Her PhD was a study of boys in the primary school. She has published widely in this area and is currently co-editor (with Dr. Becky Francis) of the journal Gender and Education.
Table of Contents
A history of boys' schooling Theorizing masculinities Boys and primary schools a feminist perspective
Primary schools and local communities Being a (school) boy Male teachers and primary schools Heterosexuality in the primary classroom Conclusion References Index.
SCHOOLING THE BOYS by Christine Skelton
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