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.

Achieving Equity: Disability and Gender

Achieving equity: Disability and gender

Education then, beyond all other devices of human origin, is the great equalizer of the conditions of men, the balance-wheel of the social machinery.

(Horace Mann, 1848)

Exempting Horace Mann's gender-specific language as an artifact of the nineteenth century, Mann's ‘great credo of public education’ articulates the critical role of education in achieving social, economic, and political equality. In an era of universal education, the importance of education as ‘the great equalizer’ is, perhaps, too often taken for granted by the majority. For some, however, the struggle for equity in education remains of primary importance to achieve the promise of equality. We have noted (Rousso and Wehmeyer, 2001), as have others, that ‘there is a growing body of ...

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