1st Edition

Boys, Early Literacy and Children’s Rights in a Postcolonial Context A Case Study from Malta

By Charmaine Bonello Copyright 2022
    144 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    144 Pages 14 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book explores boys’ underachievement in literacy in early years education in Malta, using the dual lens of children’s rights and postcolonial theory.

    The author confronts issues in literacy attainment, early literacy learning and transitions to formal schooling with a case study from Malta. The book includes the voices of young boys who experience formal education from the age of five and adds a fresh perspective to existing literature in this area. Drawing on empirical research, the book traces the impact of foundational ideas of gender and early childhood, and makes practical recommendations to help young children experience socially just literacy education.

    This timely text will be highly relevant for researchers, educators and policymakers in the fields of literacy education, early childhood education, postcolonial education and children’s rights.

    List of Figures

    List of Tables

    About the Author

    Foreword- Anna & Godfrey Baldacchino



    Chapter 1

    Boys and early literacy in a former British colony: The context and the study


    Chapter 2

    'Rough' or 'prim & proper'? Unpacking popular explanations for the gender gap in literacy attainment in a Maltese early years context


    Chapter 3

    ‘I get bored’: Beating boredom through boys’ views on a highly formalised approach to early literacy


    Chapter 4

    'They start to lose the race before they start it’: Re-envisioning education for the under-sevens in Malta


    Chapter 5









    Charmaine Bonello is a lecturer in early childhood and primary education at the University of Malta. As a postcolonial female academic, together with her past professional experiences in education, she contributes unique insights and insider gender, literacy and early childhood education perspectives to the decolonisation debate and children’s rights advocacy.