Originally published in 1987. This book addresses a reappraisal of the processes of gender development and its social and educational consequences. It provides examples of key research topics and methods used for the exploration of gender and education and suggests direction for further inquiry. Unique in its depth and range of coverage, it is still helpful reading for students of education and practising teachers and administrators.
A major theme of the book is the relationship between class, racism, sexuality and education. Divided into five parts, the first offers new critical analysis of theories of gender difference, while the following sections focus on four lines of inquiry into education: exploring the past (through autobiography and life history); evaluating the implicit messages contained in texts; investigating gender dynamics within schools; and researching teachers’ expectations and their attempts to change practice.
Table of Contents
Preface. Introduction Part 1: Theories of Gender Difference 1. Female Sexuality Sigmund Freud 2. Psychology and Gender Divisions Janet Sayers 3. The ‘Sex-role’ Framework and the Sociology of Masculinity Tim Carrigan, Bob Connell and John Lee 4. Theories of Gender and Black Families Ann Phoenix Part 2: Exploring the Past: Autobiography and Life History 5. Understanding Personal Accounts June Purvis 6. ‘Streaming’ and the Politics of Female Sexuality: Case Studies in the Schooling of Girls Sue Middleton 7. Learning to Resist: Black Women and Education Beverley Bryan, Stella Dadzie and Suzanne Scafe 8. Privileged, Schooled and Finished: Boarding Education for Girls Judith Okely Part 3: Evaluating Texts 9. ‘The Time of Your Life’: The Meaning of the School Story Gill Frith 10. Racial Bias in Children’s Literature Olivia Foster-Carter 11. ‘Mind That You Do As You Are Told’: Reading Books for Board School Girls, 1870-1902 Anna Davin 12. Sex Roles in Reading Schemes Glenys Lobban 13. Girls and Boys in Primary Maths Books Jean Northam Part 4: Investigating Gender Dynamics 14. Gender Differences in Pupil-teacher Interaction in Workshops and Laboratories Gay J. Randall 15. The Relations Between Teachers and Afro-Caribbean Pupils: Observing Multiracial Classrooms Cecile Wright 16. Groping Towards Sexism: Boys’ Sex Talk Julian Wood 17. Girls on the Margins: A Study of Gender Divisions in the Classroom Michelle Stanworth 18. Young Women and the Transition from School to Un/employment: A Cultural Analysis Christine Griffin 19. Talking About School: The Experiences of Young Lesbians and Gay Men Lorraine Trenchard and Hugh Warren Part 5: Researching Teachers: Teachers Researching 20. Traditionalists and Trendies: Teachers’ Attitudes to Educational Issues Alison Kelly with Angela Baldry, Elizabeth Bolton, Suzanne Edwards, Jo Emery, Charmian Levin, Simon Smith and Malcolm Wills 21. Anti-Sexist Action Research in School: The Girls and Occupational Choice Project Lynne A. Chisholm and Janet Holland 22. Teacher as Researcher: A New Tradition for Research on Gender Val Millman