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.

School Culture and Gender

School culture and gender


The term ‘school culture’ is popular and frequently used. Yet, in spite of the development of a body of research on the topic since the 1960s, there is no singly agreed meaning of ‘school culture’: meanings tend to be assumed but rarely articulated (Prosser, 1999: 9). Within this literature on ‘school culture’, identity issues such as those of gender tend to be submerged by overriding managerial discourses concerned with ‘school effectiveness’.

This chapter attempts to highlight the gendered aspect of school culture. After presenting a brief conceptualization of school culture in relation to gender, I shall examine the classroom as one of the school's microcultures illustrative of the overall gendered school culture. Drawing on research conducted over half a ...

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