Issues in boys' education: A question of teacher threshold knowledges?

Martino, Wayne, Lingard, Bob and Mills, Martin (2004) Issues in boys' education: A question of teacher threshold knowledges?. Gender and Education, 16 4: 435-454. doi:10.1080/09540250042000300367

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Author Martino, Wayne
Lingard, Bob
Mills, Martin
Title Issues in boys' education: A question of teacher threshold knowledges?
Journal name Gender and Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1360-0516
Publication date 2004-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09540250042000300367
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 435
End page 454
Total pages 21
Place of publication Abingdon, U.K.
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2004
Language eng
Subject C1
330103 Sociology of Education
749905 Gender aspects of education
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Abstract This paper explores the effects of specific teacher threshold knowledges about boys and gender on the implementation of a so-called 'boy friendly' curriculum at one junior secondary high school in Australia. Through semi-structured inter-views with selected staff at the school, it examines the normalizing assumptions and 'truth claims' about boys, as gendered subjects, which drive the pedagogical impetus for such a curriculum initiative. This research raises crucial questions about the need for the formulation of both school and governmental policy grounded in sound research-based knowledge about the social construction of gender and its impact on the lives of both boys and girls and their experiences of schooling. This is crucial, we argue, in light of the recent parliamentary report on boys' education in Australia which rejects gender theorizing and given the failure of key staff in the research school to interrogate the binary ways in which masculinity and femininity are socially constructed and institutionalized in schools through a particular 'gender regime'. While some good things are happening in the research school, the failure to acknowledge the social construction of gender means that ultimately the school's programs cannot be successful.
Keyword Education & Educational Research
Boys' education
Q-Index Code C1

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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