ERIC Number: EJ718921
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Apr
Reference Count: 55
"They Never Go off the Rails like Other Ethnic Groups": Teachers' Constructions of British Chinese Pupils' Gender Identities and Approaches to Learning
Archer, Louise; Francis, Becky
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n2 p165-182 Apr 2005
This paper examines the ways in which British Chinese pupils are positioned and represented within the popular/dominant discourse of teachers working in London schools. Drawing on individual interviews from a study conducted with 30 teachers, 80 British Chinese pupils and 30 Chinese parents, we explore some of the racialised, gendered and classed assumptions upon which dominant discourses around British Chinese boys and girls are based. Consideration is given, for example, to teachers' dichotomous constructions of British Chinese masculinity, in which British Chinese boys were regarded as "naturally" "good" and "not laddish", compared with a minority of 'bad' British Chinese boys, whose laddishness was attributed to membership of a multiethnic peer group. We also explore teachers' constructions of British Chinese femininity, which centred around remarkably homogenised representations of British Chinese girls as "passive" and quiet, "repressed", hard-working pupils. The paper discusses a range of alternative readings that challenge popular monolithic and homogenising accounts of British Chinese masculinity and femininity in order to open up more critical ways of representing and engaging with British Chinese educational "achievement".
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Sex Stereotypes, Sexual Identity, Masculinity, Secondary School Students, Attitude Measures, Gender Differences, Racial Bias, Gender Bias, Ethnic Stereotypes, Asian Culture
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (London)