ERIC Number: EJ901717
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 58
Oatmeal Facials and Sock Wrestling: The Perils and Promises of Extra-Curricular Strategies for "Fixing" Boys' Education
Weaver-Hightower, Marcus B.
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v31 n5 p683-697 Dec 2010
Advocates for boys' education have forwarded numerous "fixes" for boys' supposed educational woes, including both academic and non-academic programs and strategies. This article focuses on the lesser-discussed non-academic, extra-curricular means suggested, specifically outdoor education. Using qualitative analysis of an Australian school's outdoor education program, I demonstrate that outdoor and other non-academic sites and strategies for addressing boys' education have particular gendered dangers alongside progressive possibilities. The dangers include reproducing dominant masculinist gender regimes through social interaction, requirements for gendered self-disclosure, and philosophies of the "uses" of nature. Progressive possibilities, conversely, include re-imagining outdoor education as a space for explicit resistance to gender or reimagining the uses of nature to eschew gender altogether.
Descriptors: Outdoor Education, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Males, Teaching Methods, Foreign Countries, Masculinity, Extracurricular Activities, Gender Issues, Self Disclosure (Individuals), Secondary School Students, School Culture, Stereotypes, Sex Role
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 10; Grade 11; Grade 12; Grade 8; Grade 9; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia