ERIC Number: ED447896
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Improving Boys' Education: A Manual for Schools.
Emphasizing the importance of involving educators, parents, and both male and female students in improving schools' treatment of boys, this manual is designed to assist schools in improving secondary education for boys in Australia. The manual presents a six-step strategy for enhancing boys' education that obtains support from teachers, ensures constructive input from parents, asks boys about their needs, and keeps girls in the picture. General guidelines and information to be presented in workshop format are included for each of the six steps, which are as follows: (1) identifying the level of concern about boys during staff or parent meetings; (2) presenting information to staff and parents linking health outcomes, boys' school attitudes, and markers such as literacy; (3) benchmarking, to translate concern into realistic targets which can be tracked as schools take steps to improve boys' outcomes; (4) involving the parents, especially fathers, in the process; (5) asking the boys about school attitudes and gathering support for school change through surveys or through use of an accompanying photopak; and (6) asking the girls for their views on school problems, with care in arranging process of feedback to boys. Practical examples from a range of schools are provided. Eight appendices include overhead transparency materials, sample benchmarks, and a statement detailing a boys' education strategy. (KB)
Descriptors: Adolescent Attitudes, Adolescents, Benchmarking, Change Strategies, Childhood Needs, Educational Improvement, Fathers, Foreign Countries, Group Discussion, Leaders Guides, Males, Outcomes of Education, Parents, Professional Development, Psychological Needs, Secondary Education, Staff Development, Student Needs
Men and Boys Program, Family Action Centre, University of Newcastle, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia; Tel: 02-4921-8739; Fax: 02-4921-8686; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.newcastle.edu.au/department/fac/boys (publication no. 973, $22).
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Newcastle Univ., Callaghan (Australia). Family Action Centre.
Note: An accompanying oversized black and white photopak showing men and boys in a variety of occupations, roles, and emotions is not available from ERIC.