Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

Gender and Education

Gender and education
Alice Pettigrew

Introduction

Reading through the newspaper headlines which regularly accompany the annual publication of English secondary school exam results, you would be forgiven for thinking that a never-ending battle of the sexes characterises our classrooms: ‘The boys are left standing’; ‘Boys fighting back’; ‘Girls trouncing their male classmates’, reported the Daily Mail newspaper, for example, during the summers of 2002, 2009 and 2012 respectively. Here girls and boys are presented as pitted against each other, as though one group's academic success depends upon the other's decline. Perhaps not everyone would agree with the battlefield comparison. However, headlines such as these – and the newspaper stories that accompany them – draw on and feed into widely shared assumptions that there are ...

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