What are the effects of gender on educational attainment? Primary school boys fail to close gap with girls Boys are being failed by our schools Many teenage boys fail test grade Poor white boys 'most likely to fail school' Almost half of all boys fail to meet targets for writing Recent headlines taken from newspapers and websites
Why aren't boys doing as well at school? EVALUATING THE EFFECT OF GENDER ON SCHOOL ACHIEVEMENT Are boys educational failures? Whats your opinion?
PODOLOGY HTTP://WWW.YOUTUBE.COM/WATCH? V=X89XDBM4TZA&FEATURE=RELATED HTTP://ONLINECLASSROOM.TV/SOCIOLOGY/CATALOGUE/ CLASSIC_COLLECTION/ CAROLYN_JACKSON_LADS_AND_LADETTES_IN_SCHOOL/PREVIEW2 Sociological Targets To understand that gender can have an influence on school attainment. To recognise that traditional patterns of
gender attainment are changing in favour of girls. To identify some of the effects that the growing confidence of girls is having on boys. The problem for schools Until the mid 1980s, boys out-performed girls at all levels of the education system, with the exception of 11+
Most educational writers read this as being 'proof' that girls were generally less intelligent than boys and that boys were 'late developers'. Since the mid-1980s both genders began to improve their school performance significantly. The improvement of girls was more rapid than that for boys. Is this a problem? Warrington and Younger (1999) note that the
success of girls should be a cause for celebration and congratulation. Instead it is viewed as a 'problem' with concern expressed about how males are 'failing. Schools are now told to tackle the issue of the underachievement of boys. Summary of patterns
Before 1980s boys were doing better Since then girls have out performed boys Boys still dominate science subjects at higher level In job market girls earning more up to age 26 Still men earn more overall Last year boys earned more A grades at A level Boys are improving just not as fast as girls Class still has a bigger impact Discussion questions Why do you think male
improvement in achievement has been at a lower rate to females? Why do you think female success is seen as a problem of boys 'failing'? Possible reasons for changes: ranking exercise Girls and boys learn in different ways Schools are feminine environments Girls attitudes towards work are changing
Young women are more personally confident Males are losing confidence and there is a crisis of masculinity Boys are rejecting school and developing laddish attitudes. Summary of explanations Girls and boys learn in different ways GCSE advantages girls return to old linear style Schools are feminine environments female teachers
favour girls boys lack role models Girls attitudes towards work are changing girls role models are now career women Young women are more personally confident Genderquake Males are losing confidence and there is a crisis of masculinity Boys are rejecting school and developing laddish attitudes. Task 1 Find the following key words in your booklets on
Gender and educational attainment. Highlight them and make sure you understand the use of the term. Crisis of masculinity Cultural deprivation Discrimination Feminism Gender Genderquake Hidden Curriculum Laddishness Ladettes Material deprivation
Sexism Task 2 Find out what the following researchers say about education and gender. Wilkinson (1994) Susan Faludi and Robert Bly Murphy and Elwood (1998) Mitsos and Browne (1998) Harris et al. (1993) Mac an Ghaill
Stimulus materials Look at the graphs on your sheets. Summarise what you learn about gender attainment from each of them. Attainment of five A* - C GCSEs
Higher education Important Research Study Sharpe (1976/1994) Used structured interviews so that views could be compared over time. In 1976 revealed girls priorities as being love, marriage, children, husband and jobs in that order ! In 1994 this had changed to more career
orientated aspirations. What are the potential problems with structured interviews? She used only a small sample !! Key researchers Wilkinson (1994) refers to the 'genderquake' whereby young females are increasingly striving for a fulfilling career Susan Faludi and Robert Bly suggest male underachievement is linked to a 'crisis of
masculinity Murphy and Elwood (1998) argue that teachers are now more sensitive to gender issues facing females. Teaching has become a feminised profession Researchers 2 Mitsos and Browne (1998) found that in coeducation schools girls worked harder and spent more time on homework, were better organised, and were more likely to meet deadlines than boys.
Harris et al. (1993) found that boys were more easily distracted in the classroom Post modernists argue that performance by gender is affected by the social class and ethnic backgrounds of male and female students. Thus, not all female students do well and all male students do badly. For Mac an Ghaill, the underachievement of boys is particularly a working class problem. AO3s Although girls may be doing better at
examinations at school, this is not to say that females will make strides in achieving top managerial positions. Evidence from the work place and elsewhere support the assertion that female attitudes to success have changed, women have children later, and see careers and vital. A lot of the work lacks empirical data to support it. It is often small scale, and thus generalisations are difficult to make.
These studies give an up to date account of classroom attainment in the 1990s. The work fails to take into account class differences. In reality it is not boys per se who fails, but working class boys. This debate is sterile. In reality it is a smokescreen to divert attention away from the real gains women have made, and to divert attention back again on the male of the species.
Many of the so-called initiatives were only narrow in their scope and can thus not be said to be responsible for added female achievement. Much empirical quantitative data show that this trend is consistent and widening, and thus cannot be dismissed easily. Key Terms Crisis of masculinity Cultural deprivation
Outline and explain why boys are now seen by many as the gender of failure in Education. Independent study Add to your notes by using the textbooks in the LRC and in your Sociology department. Use the e-book on the NGFL-Cymru
website for more detailed notes and explanations. Outline and explain patterns in gender and attainment (20) Outline patterns statistics Give 4-5 explanations with research evidence Analysis return to the question what does your point suggest about gender and attainment Evaluation counterargue/criticise or give
further support for your point. Use the correct signpost phrases/words for your points.
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