Possibilities in the boy turn? Comparative lessons from Australia and Iceland

Johannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir, Lingard, Bob and Mills, Martin (2009) Possibilities in the boy turn? Comparative lessons from Australia and Iceland. Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research, 53 4: 309-325. doi:10.1080/00313830903043083

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Author Johannesson, Ingólfur Ásgeir
Lingard, Bob
Mills, Martin
Title Possibilities in the boy turn? Comparative lessons from Australia and Iceland
Journal name Scandinavian Journal of Educational Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0031-3831
Publication date 2009-08-01
Year available 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/00313830903043083
Open Access Status
Volume 53
Issue 4
Start page 309
End page 325
Total pages 17
Editor O. L. Martinsen
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Subject 13 Education
1303 Specialist Studies in Education
130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
93 Education and Training
Abstract Recognising that there is now a globalised educational discourse about “failing boys” circulating in the privileged nations of the global north, this article provides a comparative perspective on educational policy responses to the “boy turn” in Australia and Iceland. Specificities of the responses to the boy turn in the two societies offer interesting insights into this policy domain. For instance, Australian policy has been state-centric with the media playing a significant role in backlash politics and with federal government funding interventions for boys, and Iceland was the only nation in which girls outperformed boys in all areas of mathematics in the PISA 2003 study. The article concludes by arguing the need for a renewed feminist and profeminist agenda to challenge dominant constructions of masculinity and for the establishment of a more equal gender order.
Keyword Boys' education
Comparative Education
Profeminist intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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