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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