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Type: Journal article
Title: Schooling the public on boys: the ongoing salience in media representations of the "crisis" in boys' education
Author: Eate, P.
Beasley, C.
Papadelos, P.
Treagus, M.
Augoustinos, M.
Citation: Feminist Media Studies, 2017; 17(2):248-263
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Issue Date: 2017
ISSN: 1468-0777
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Penelope Eate, Chris Beasley, Pam Papadelos, Mandy Treagus and Martha Augoustinos
Abstract: This paper explores the salience of the “crisis” in boys’ education as it is articulated in Australian print media. We will consider the ways in which this crisis is expressed through a gendered language which simultaneously represents boys as “forgotten” by teaching practices thought to be prioritising girls’ learning, and as an equity (disadvantaged) grouping who require specialised teaching methods different from those currently offered within the Australian school system. Further, we will examine the extent to which feminist-inspired reforms in education are either implicitly or explicitly referenced as an explanation for boys’ apparently poor education attainment, and relatedly consider the work of “experts” supporting claims of a pro-feminine bias that adversely affects boys’ learning outcomes, particularly those experts offering neurological or psychological/cognitive findings which assert a biological basis for gender difference. In this context, we argue that rather than advancing gender equity in schools, popular public discourse, as presented in Australian print media, reinforces and perpetuates notions of gender difference and masculine entitlement.
Keywords: Boys; education; crisis; masculinities; print press
Description: Published online: 19 May 2016
Rights: © 2016 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group
RMID: 0030047952
DOI: 10.1080/14680777.2016.1187640
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