ERIC Number: ED369719
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
The Education of Girls: Policy, Research and the Question of Gender. Australian Education Review No. 35.
Inequality problems face girls at school, and the attitudes and expectations of others affect educational choices and outcomes. After an overview in chapter 1, chapter 2 provides a discussion of Australian government reports and policies on the education of girls and traces the changes in the treatment of gender inequity. Chapter 3 focuses on the research in the area of gender inequity: (1) statistical data on participation rates and post-school outcomes; (2) survey research on subject choice and attitudes; (3) research on bias in curriculum materials; and (4) research on participation and treatment differences of girls in the classroom and on the playground. Chapter 4 draws together research that explores reasons for different school experiences for boys and girls, discusses changing values, and reviews studies of school culture. Chapter 5 compares Australian policy and action developments in the 1970s with developments in the early 1990s and discusses a number of theories that propose fundamental revisions of frameworks for curriculums reflecting concerns about females. The final chapter presents four issues: (1) the desirability of single-sex schooling as compared with coeducation; (2) the question of class and ethnicity; (3) the strategy and shaping of government policy; and (4) the value of different approaches to research. (CK)
Descriptors: Attitudes, Curriculum Development, Educational Opportunities, Educational Policy, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Outcomes of Education, Role of Education, Sex Differences, Social Bias
Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER), Ltd., Oxford University Press, GPO Box 2784Y, Melbourne, Victoria 3100 Australia ($26.95, plus $3 shipping).
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Parents; Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Australian Council for Educational Research, Hawthorn.