Contributing to the debate: the perspectives of children on gender, achievement and literacy

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Contributing to the debate: the perspectives of children on gender, achievement and literacy

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dc.contributor.author Holden, Cathie en_GB
dc.contributor.department University of Exeter en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2009-02-04T12:33:23Z en_GB
dc.date.accessioned 2011-01-25T11:52:03Z en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2013-03-20T16:43:37Z
dc.date.issued 2002-07 en_GB
dc.description.abstract There has been much debate about the underachievement of boys in the United Kingdom (UK), fuelled by continuing evidence that shows girls achieving better than boys in most exams, and boys continuing to dominate special needs education and school exclusions. Various theories have emerged, with boys’ poor performance being attributed to a changing economic infrastructure, to the results of poor parenting or to innate biological differences where, for example, they are perceived as being less able than girls to learn language. In this paper, I contribute to the debate by reporting a selection of the findings from a research project in a cluster of schools, where students from Year 1 (ages 5-6) to Year 11 (ages 15-16) and their teachers were interviewed about their perceptions and attitudes to learning and gender, and were observed in the classroom. While I provide much comment about raising standards and improving classroom practice for all students, I specifically focus on underachieving boys and on literacy. Data on the perceptions of children in Years 4 and 5 (ages 8-10) are presented here. Findings relating to the Early Years children and their teachers are reported in Wood (2001) and data on patterns of interaction and response in Years 1- 8 in Myhill (2002). en_GB
dc.identifier.citation 3(1), pp.97-110 en_GB
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10036/48414 en_GB
dc.language.iso en en_GB
dc.publisher This journal is supported by University of South Australia; The Centre for Research in Education, Equity and Work en_GB
dc.relation.url http://www.literacy.unisa.edu.au/jee/Papers/JEEVol3No1/Paper6.pdf en_GB
dc.subject gender en_GB
dc.subject achievement en_GB
dc.subject literacy en_GB
dc.subject classroom practice en_GB
dc.subject underachieving boys en_GB
dc.subject learning en_GB
dc.title Contributing to the debate: the perspectives of children on gender, achievement and literacy en_GB
dc.type Article en_GB
dc.date.available 2009-02-04T12:33:23Z en_GB
dc.date.available 2011-01-25T11:52:03Z en_US
dc.date.available 2013-03-20T16:43:37Z
dc.identifier.issn 1444-5530 en_GB
dc.identifier.journal Journal of Educational Enquiry en_GB


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