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ERIC Number: EJ795142
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 32
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 71
ISSN: ISSN-1528-3534
Socialization and Teacher Expectations of Jamaican Boys in Schools: The Need for a Responsive Teacher Preparation Program
Clarke, Christopher
International Journal of Educational Policy, Research, and Practice: Reconceptualizing Childhood Studies, v5 n4 p3-34 Win 2004-2005
This paper is intended to present a review of the literature on the socialization and teacher expectations of Jamaican boys, as well as an examination of how teachers are being prepared to address the gender issues that are implied. It is also hoped that this article can contribute to the search for possible policies and pedagogical strategies that might be useful in challenging boys to reconsider the effects of hardcore masculinity in their lives and especially at school. The paper will show that the social construction of gender is an important consideration in developing curriculum and managing student behavior. This is because the ways in which many boys construct their gendered identities impacts significantly on their participation and engagement with school, both in terms of their performance and the way they behave and relate to others. The effects can be far-reaching because the manner in which many boys act out masculinity and what it means to be a "real man" have consequences, not only for the boys themselves, but for everyone else at school, their families, and the wider society. The paper is organized in four sections. In the first section, a description of the underachievement thesis is provided, followed by a description of the Jamaican context which provides the background for the third section--an analysis of the socialization and expectations of boys in school. In the final section, teacher preparation in Jamaica is examined in terms of its responsiveness to the socialization of boys and girls.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Jamaica