By Martin Mills, Wayne Martino, Robert Lingard
Exploring current techniques to addressing boys schooling in colleges, this book highlights the constraints of structural reform initiatives and the failure to handle the effect of socioeconomic prestige, race, sexuality, incapacity and hegemonic masculinity on either girls and boys participation in education.
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Extra info for Boys and Schooling: Contexts, Issues and Practices
These social changes considered so far have affected schooling and gender policies in nations around the globe and across the north/south divide, but always in vernacular ways, reflecting specific histories, cultures and politics generally and in relation to gender. Conclusion and structure of the book In this introduction we have traversed many of the factors contributing to the take-up of boys’ education in both policy and practice since the early 1990s. We embrace Weaver-Hightower’s (2003a) assessment of the ‘boy turn’ in gender and education research.
While the use of the descriptor ‘complex’ can often be used to eschew or elide proper analysis, we would describe contemporary Education Policy, Gender and Boys’ Schooling 29 global and national gender orders and their interrelationships as very complex. This is manifested in a contested politics over masculinities and femininities and the interplay of what we would see as residual, dominant, emergent and contested practices of both. And of course practices of both need to be conceptualized in relation to each other, locally, nationally and globally.
1996; Connolly, 2004; Keddie, 2003; Martino and Pallotta-Chiarolli, 2001, 2005; Mills, 2001; Skelton, 2001). This research indicates that the manner in which boys patrol the boundaries of what are acceptable masculinities through the use of homophobic abuse has a significant impact upon the ways in which some boys engage with the academic curriculum. This leads Epstein (1998, p. ’ Hence, a more nuanced analysis of gender relations and the factors influencing boys’ and girls’ educational outcomes and social relations in terms of their capacity to impact on their learning at school needs to be 40 Boys and Schooling undertaken in order to understand the complex issues facing both in schools.