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ERIC Number: EJ680768
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-Dec-1
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0954-0253
Seeing Things Differently: Teachers' Constructions of Underachievement
Jones, Susan; Myhill, Debra
Gender and Education, v16 n4 p531-546 Dec 2004
The identity of the underachiever has become synonymous with the stereotypical identity of boys. Teachers know what underachievement looks like: it looks like a boy who is bright, but bored. Evidence from a research study reported here demonstrates that teachers are more likely to select boys as underachievers than girls and that teachers construct underachievement differentially by gender. The consequence is that underachievement in girls is often overlooked or rendered invisible. Underachievement is concerned with potential not lack of ability, while high and low achievement are concerned with performance. It becomes a matter of concern if teachers perceive boys as the vessel of potential and of latent ability, while the high achievements of girls are seen to be about performance, not ability.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Grade 10; Grade 4; Grade 5; Grade 8; Grade 9
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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