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Chapter 3: Responding to single or multiple characteristics: Intersectionality challenges

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Responding to single or multiple characteristics: Intersectionality challenges
Responding to single or multiple characteristics: Intersectionality challenges

One of the dilemmas of leading for equality is whether to focus on a single characteristic, such as gender or ethnicity, or to consider the joint impact of multiple characteristics. A focus on a single characteristic might entail initiatives related to the needs, for example, of boys or gay young people. A focus on multiple characteristics, termed ‘intersectionality’, insists that nothing is so simple. Boys are not just male but from a particular socioeconomic background, ethnic heritage and so on, and all these characteristics together intersect to influence how others respond to them, shaping their opportunities to learn. There are strong advocates for each of these approaches. This chapter ...

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