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ERIC Number: EJ745530
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Nov
Pages: 20
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1881
Challenging Underachievement in Boys
Lindsay, Geoff; Muijs, Daniel
Educational Research, v48 n3 p313-332 Nov 2006
Background: Underachievement among boys and particular ethnic groups is a major challenge to the education system. Purpose: This paper reports on one local education authority's attempts to address this concern by investigating the characteristics of its schools demonstrating success with the groups causing most concern: black Caribbean, black African and white UK-born boys. Sample, design and methods: Multi-level modelling was used to identify three primary and three secondary schools producing results above expectation. Visits were made to each school to explore the reasons for success by interviews with headteachers, teachers and pupils. Results: A number of factors were identified, which were similar to earlier research on effective schools. Conclusions: Schools generally subscribed to an approach that stressed inclusivity and overall school effectiveness, rather than the targeting of specific groups, but the nature of schools' approaches was influenced by the relative proportions of boys from different ethnic heritages. (Contains 2 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom