Gender equity and education: what are the issues now?

Taylor, Sandra C. (2004) Gender equity and education: what are the issues now? In Burnett, Bruce, Meadmore, Daphne, & Tait, Gordon (Eds.) New questions for contemporary teachers : taking a socio-cultural approach to education. Pearson Education Australia, Frenchs Forest, NSW, pp. 87-100.

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This chapter explores the complex ways in which gender continues to influence the educational experiences and outcomes of both girls and boys. While the specific focus of the chapter is on Australia, similar trends and debates have been seen elsewhere. In the chapter I draw on socio-cultural and feminist perspectives to provide a framework for understanding the construction of gender relations in society, and the role of education in re-producing and changing gender inequalities. I provide a brief overview of the history of gender reform in Australia, and discuss the implications of recent research concerning the differential educational achievements of girls and boys. It is concluded that there is a need for gender equity initiatives to target both girls and boys, and in particular those girls and boys who are most disadvantaged through schooling.

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ID Code: 1842
Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link) or contact the author . Author contact details :
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Keywords: education, gender relations, gender discourses, education policy
ISBN: 9781741032260
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIOLOGY (160800) > Sociology of Education (160809)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2004 Pearson Education Australia
Deposited On: 10 Feb 2006 00:00
Last Modified: 03 Mar 2011 05:33

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