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.
Section II: Gender and the Educational Sectors
The chapters in this section consider how gender informs the educational experiences of pupils and students at different stages in their learning careers. It is salutary to note that gender differences and stereotypes found by researchers studying the early years of children's school lives are perpetuated and reinforced as they progress through educational systems and institutions. Glenda MacNaughton begins her chapter on gender in the early years by reminding readers of the predominant understanding used to address inequities in schooling; that is, sex-role socialization. She does this in order to alert us to how limited strategies based on this perspective are in tackling deeply embedded ideas about gender held by very young children and their educators. ...