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.

Appropriate Behavior? Sexualities, Schooling and Hetero-Gender

Appropriate behavior? Sexualities, schooling and hetero-gender


Eight school pupils have been suspended following a protest against their headmaster's decision to ban ‘canoodling’. The protest began last Friday when around 200 pupils … refused to return to afternoon classes after being told they were not allowed to kiss, hold hands or hug. The headmaster … said today that the ban was aimed at instilling ‘appropriate behaviour’. (The Guardian, 6 October, 2004)1

The young people at this British school were disciplined for exhibiting their sexuality within a formal educational setting. As the report highlights, the head teacher clearly found the assorted acts of ‘canoodling’ to be disturbing and inappropriate in the educational context for which he was responsible – such acts had no ...

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