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.
Chapter 1: The Nature of Gender
The Nature of Gender
Why is it that across education, and in society as a whole, girls/women and boys/men tend to behave in different ways? What causes these patterns of behavioural difference? And just as importantly, why are there so many individuals, or instances, that do not ‘fit’ these trends, and where males and females behave similarly? In any book of this stature examining issues of gender and education, it is necessary to discuss the concept/s of ‘gender’ that we are working with. Of course, the other subject of this book, ‘education’, is itself a very broad and sometimes controversial term. The purposes and methods of education continue to raise philosophical, political and ethical debates; and indeed the boundaries of the application ...