Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving
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Boys, Boys, Boys! | GEA – Gender and Education Association

Boys, Boys, Boys! | GEA – Gender and Education Association | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it

This month the UK newspapers have been awash with stories about the (supposedly) ever-decreasing ‘gender gap

 

Although the report focuses on many issues in relation to education it is interesting how it appears to (once again) clearly refocus our attention on the (under)achievement of boys; the report suggesting that, more than ever before, it is boys who are failing

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How can we raise boys' achievement?

How can we raise boys' achievement? | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Boys' underachievement is an issue that's not going away, says Gary Wilson.
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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:15 PM

This article explores different reasons for male underacheivement in the classroom. It cites issues of attention span, role models, and curriculum ill-suited to male learned as potential points of focus. I like how the article calls for more male teachers as role models in order to help instill "a more caring masculinity" that will assist with character development. By slowing down expectations and rigor, the article claims that boys will be more ready for expressive and interpretive activities. Finally, the power of peer pressure between male students is confronted as a strong deterrent of academic performance within most school environments.

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The boys are left standing as GCSE gender gap grows

The boys are left standing as GCSE gender gap grows | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Girls have forged even further ahead in the GCSE battle of the sexes, dashing hopes that boys were at last beginning to catch up...
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Male brain rattled by curriculum 'oestrogen' - Article - TES

Male brain rattled by curriculum 'oestrogen' - Article - TES | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Elaine Williams on concern over white working-class boys' underachievement...
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What About The Boys? Boys Face Serious Issues Which Are Being Ignored, Experts Argue

What About The Boys? Boys Face Serious Issues Which Are Being Ignored, Experts Argue | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Issues affecting boys are more serious than those affecting girls, but they have been neglected by policy makers, according to expert opinion.
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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:32 PM

This article takes a far more empirical approach than some of the other sources, directly referencing studies and specific findings in a more methodological manner. First, the entire 'boyhood crisis' is laid out, citing not only an acheivement gap in academic areas, but also including other areas in which boys suffer, such as mental health and social development. The article criticizes current policy decisions, saying that they are leaving boys behind. Female underperformance within STEM fields is discussed, yet undermined by they more pressing needs boys face. By shifting the conversation away from boosting female achievement in STEM, more attention can be focused to confronting the specificall 'gendered' problems both boys and girls face.

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Sometimes it's hard to be a boy - Article - TES

Sometimes it's hard to be a boy - Article - TES | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Debate over boys' under-achievement fails to recognise social pressures and the rigidity of the curriculum, says David Spendlove...
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Connor McDade's curator insight, December 4, 2013 9:25 PM

This article focuses on two incluences that discourage the performance of male learners, which ultimately influences their chances of continuing their education. By addressing the 'social pressures' that often provide obstacles for learning, and reworking the interior of education, the curriculum itself, schools can begin to boost male achievement. Issues in physical development cause pressure within schools, and boys are forced to further reconsider their increasingly vague roles in a rapidly evolving society. Patience is heralded as an essential component of assisting with male development, as leaps in cognitive and social abilities occur at different times, causing conflict between genders and between students and authority. The article cites increased risks in suicide, eating disorders, exclusion from school, behavioral problems, and a gendered achievement gap as risks that involve stakeholders supporting our male youth.

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Are boys really the weaker sex? - Telegraph

Are boys really the weaker sex?  - Telegraph | Gender & Education - Boys Underachieving | Scoop.it
Little girls already see themselves as academic front-runners, but often the rebel boy wins out in the end, says Jenny McCartney.
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