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The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.

Gender Theory and Methodology
Gender theory and methodology
Introduction

It is a truism that feminism is a ‘broad church’, to the extent that there is debate about what holds the various strands of ‘feminist’ thought together. Within this rich and vibrant seam of theory, there are multiple constructions and contestations over ‘feminist’ epistemologies, and indeed over the nature of that which is core to our concerns: gender itself. These debates around feminist theory and practice are found in gender and education research, as in other areas of feminist work. This section sets out to address the themes and debates which contextualize the rest of the book. It addresses what it is that we might mean when we refer to gender, and the theorizing of its expression (as ...

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