Gender in the Secondary Curriculum: Balancing the Books by Ann Clark, Elaine Millard

By Ann Clark, Elaine Millard

The 'gender hole' in GCSE effects is still of major main issue, and there's now a true want for wisdom approximately how lecturers can handle this hole. during this quantity, a staff of members considers the gender matters specific to every topic of the secondary curriculum. They speak about potent suggestions supported through their study and perform, and provide many ways ahead for lecturers. The publication starts off with an outline of up to date social and cultural techniques to education and gender, focusing really at the contribution of feminist students to the talk. It additional examines key elements of the secondary university curriculum and the consequences for newcomers in their gendered identification. the ultimate part strikes past the study room to debate the impact of present theoretical views at the advanced inter-relationship among the curriculum and younger peoples' gendered identities, and its implications for his or her destiny improvement. In discussing the nature of boys' and women' achievements in a variety of tuition topics, the authors search to 'balance the books' via debating different, if occasionally competing wishes of either girls and boys.

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The strategies which males use seem designed to block others’ turns, whilst girls seem to search for ways of providing everyone with an equal share of the air space. The discourse rules the girls adopt are fated to fail in a competitive arena since they voluntarily relinquish individual power in favour of communal success, and this is deemed to be weakness in the boys’ eyes. PEDAGOGICAL IMPLICATIONS There is a clear responsibility for teachers in schools to facilitate equal opportunities for all pupils.

That’s the truth, honest. ANDY: What? LEE: Schools should be for sex. ANDY: What for learning or doing it? LEE: Both! Similarly, another all-male group began: Example 15 ROB: PETE: ANDY: FRED: ANDY: Well the first question is what are…. What should schools be for? Pulling birds obviously. Or for birds pulling us. What are the most important experiences schools should offer? Pete, stop looking at (name of female teacher)’s arse. The desire to perform dominated most male groups. Tactics which enabled boys to display a certain linguistic dexterity and prowess were frequently used to gain and retain the air space.

First reading books, whether phonic based schemes or those which are described as ‘real’ books, mainly tell stories and a linguistic analysis of nonfiction for the primary age range also shows that many information texts for this age are also presented in story form. • Teachers discouraged certain kinds of reading material which they considered unsuitable for classroom reading. Boys said they liked to share and discuss the contents of computer and other hobby-related magazines in their independent reading time but that this was frequently not permitted.

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