• Summary
  • Contents
  • Subject index

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.

Working in Schools and Colleges
Working in schools and colleges
Introduction

In this section, authors focus on schools as historical, social and cultural institutions within which gender is negotiated, produced and reproduced. Classrooms, primary and secondary schools, and colleges and universities are historically, politically and socially constituted institutional structures that constrain acceptable discourses of gender, self and other. Students and teachers interact with and within these institutional structures, constructing identities and relationships. The authors in this section explore several key questions, including the extent to which schools and colleges or universities reproduce existing gender discourses and/or serve as sites within which these identities and structures of power can be challenged.

In Chapter 30, Fengshu Liu describes school culture as dynamic in nature, an entity within which students produce ...

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