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.

Gender and Methodology

Gender and methodology

Introduction: The Need for Assertive Methodologies

Today women are talking to each other, recovering an oral culture, telling our life stories, reading aloud to each other the books that have moved and healed us, analyzing the language that has lied about us, reading our own words aloud to each other.

(Adrienne Rich, 1995: 13, on the political revolutions inspired by activist and methodologically innovative gender research.)

This chapter, in describing methodological insights developed in gender research, asserts the need to view gender1 research as revolution. This chapter identifies how doing research on gender issues delves into sensitive areas of identity and sexuality, identifies white male hegemony, and makes creative methodological leaps. We begin by showing that researching gender should incorporate feminist stances, making ...

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