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ERIC Number: EJ791602
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 12
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 42
ISSN: ISSN-0260-7476
Boys' "Underachievement" and the Feminization of Teaching
Carrington, Bruce; McPhee, Alastair
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v34 n2 p109-120 May 2008
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.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United Kingdom (Scotland)