Boys' 'Underachievement' and the feminization of teaching

Carrington, B. and McPhee, A. (2008) Boys' 'Underachievement' and the feminization of teaching. Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, 34(2), pp. 109-120. (doi:10.1080/02607470801979558)

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Abstract

In England, Scotland and other countries, policy‐makers often depict the targeted recruitment of men to the teaching profession as a panacea for male underachievement and disaffection from school. It is commonly assumed that the gender gap in achievement stems from the dearth of male role models in teaching, especially at primary level. Giving particular attention to recent literature on the influence of teacher gender on classroom interaction and educational outcomes, the paper begins by scrutinizing the policy's evidence‐base. We move on to examine the findings of a qualitative study conducted in English primary schools. Drawing upon data from semi‐structured interviews with teachers of 7‐ to 8‐year‐olds (25 men, 26 women), an attempt is made to assess their responses to the policy of targeted male recruitment and perceptions of the benefits of same‐gender matching. The paper (an earlier version of which paper was presented at the European Educational Research Association's Annual Conference at the University of Ghent, September 2007) concludes by tentatively exploring the implications of this small‐scale study for policy and practice.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:07/08-1
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:UNSPECIFIED
Authors: Carrington, B., and McPhee, A.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education
Journal Name:Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy
ISSN:1360-0540 (electronic) 0260-7476 (paper)

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