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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.

Introduction
Introduction

Since the upsurge of second-wave feminism in the 1960s, research into the experiences of girls and women in education has continued unabated. During this time, ‘feminism’ has fractured into ‘feminisms’ in order to recognize the plurality and diversity of the perspectives the concept embraces. And the field of gender and education has continuously expanded to take in the wide range of locations where gender has been found to influence experiences and structures. During the early days of second-wave feminism, it was efforts of feminists in the West that raised awareness of the educational inequities faced by women and girls, but at this point in the twenty-first century feminists from across the world are pointing to how gender shapes educational opportunities in specific contexts. Importantly, ...

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