1st Edition

Teaching Boys Developing classroom practices that work

By Amanda Keddie Copyright 2007
    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    Persistently cheeky, disruptive, even aggressive boys can be found in classrooms everywhere, as can the victims of bullying. These boys' behaviours often pose a problem to themselves as well as to others. As the hotly contested debates about boys' education swirl around them, what can teachers actually do to improve boys' performance in the classroom?

    Teaching Boys provides a practical framework for teachers to improve boys' education in ways that are appropriate for their school context and also sustainable.

    Drawing on intensive research in classrooms where innovative teachers are achieving good outcomes with boys, Keddie and Mills show how other teachers can learn from their success. They acknowledge that there are no simple solutions, but show that what teachers do in the classroom really does matter. They emphasise the importance of understanding the impact of dominant and subversive masculinities at all levels of schooling, on both boys and girls.

    'What is original about this book is that it marries theory and practice in a way that speaks to the everyday realities and concerns of teachers who work with boys in schools'

    Associate Professor Wayne Martino, The University of Western Ontario

    'What is impressive about Teaching Boys is the way in which Keddie and Mills pull together the best research on boys and schooling with the best research on pedagogies.'

    Professor Bob Lingard, The University of Edinburgh

    Series editor's foreword (Bob Lingard)



    1. Gender justice and teaching boys

    2. Boys and productive pedagogies

    3. Jennifer: A fresh look at taken-for-granted ways of being

    4. Ross: Afflicting the comfortable and comforting the afflicted

    5. Rachel: Challenging 'power-driven' notions of being male

    6. Monica: Schooling children for life beyond school

    7. Practices of persistence and hope




    Amanda Keddie is a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Queensland. Her research interests and teaching areas focus on pedagogy, curriculum and educational sociology.

    Martin Mills is Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Queensland. He has written several books, and is co-author of Teachers and Schooling Making a Difference.