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Skelton, Christine; Francis, Becky – Curriculum Inquiry, 2011
The National Assessment of Educational Progress statistics show that boys are underachieving in literacy compared to girls. Attempts to redress the problem in various Global North countries and particularly Australia and the United Kingdom have failed to make any impact. However, there are boys who are doing well in literacy. The aim of this…
Descriptors: Social Class, National Competency Tests, Foreign Countries, Masculinity
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Francis, Becky; Skelton, Christine; Read, Barbara – British Educational Research Journal, 2010
In spite of research showing that pupils--particularly boys--tend to experience tension between high academic achievement and popularity with peers at school, some pupils continue to maintain simultaneous production of both. This article focuses on a sample of 12-13 year-old pupils, identified as high achieving and popular, to examine classroom…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Peer Acceptance, Students
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Skelton, Christine; Francis, Becky; Read, Barbara – Educational Studies, 2010
In recent years educational policy on gender and achievement has concentrated on boys' underachievement, frequently comparing it with the academic success of girls. This has encouraged a perception of girls as the "winners" of the educational stakes and assumes that they no longer experience the kinds of gender inequalities identified in…
Descriptors: Females, Sex Role, Sexual Identity, Early Adolescents
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Carrington, Bruce; Francis, Becky; Hutchings, Merryn; Skelton, Christine; Read, Barbara; Hall, Ian – Educational Studies, 2007
In recent years, policy-makers in England, Australia and other countries have called for measures to increase male recruitment to the teaching profession, particularly to the primary sector. This policy of targeted recruitment is predicated upon a number of unexamined assumptions about the benefits of matching teachers and pupils by gender. For…
Descriptors: Teaching (Occupation), Role Models, Student Motivation, Foreign Countries