Investigating Gender : Contemporary Perspectives in Education

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Pub. Date: 2002-03-01
Publisher(s): McGraw-Hill
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"This is an excellent account of the dilemmas and opportunities facing contemporary theories of gender and education. The book brings together some of the most sophisticated researchers in the field to demonstrate the power, the mysteries and the complexities of the concept of identity. The case for a new approach to gender theory is convincing and exciting. Teachers, academics and policy makers need to recognise the value of such contemporary concerns."- Madeleine Arnot, University of Cambridge.Investigating Gender maps the contemporary and developing theoretical debates in the field of gender and education, and provides an overview of the diverse areas of research within gender and education.Contributions have been commissioned from recognised experts in the field in order to provide a comprehensive reader on gender and education for undergraduate students. The book will also provide stimulating reading for postgraduate students and academics.Recent changes, developments and challenges in the field are outlined in the first section of the book. It also catalogues the influence of research in this area on policy in the UK context. The second section focuses on recent innovations in theoretical debates in gender and education. Overviews of research developments in particular subject areas (such as sexuality, social class, masculinity etc) are provided in the third section, where contributors draw on their own research findings to illustrate the discussion.

Table of Contents

List of contributors
Introduction 1(8)
Becky Francis
Christine Skelton
Part 1: Gender as a category in educational research 9(30)
Gender theory and research in education: modernist traditions and emerging contemporary themes
Jo-Anne Dillabough
Obvious, all too obvious? Methodological issues in using sex/gender as a variable in educational research
Martyn Hammersley
Part 2: Recent developments in gender theory 39(52)
Using poststructuralist ideas in gender theory and research
Carrie Paechter
Truth is slippery stuff
Wendy Cealey Harrison
Beyond postmodernism: feminist agency in educational research
Becky Francis
`Re-searching, re-finding, re-making': exploring the unconscious as a pedagogic and research practice
Lynn Raphael Reed
Part 3: Identity constructions revisited 91(105)
Gender and the post-school experiences of women and men with learning difficulties
Sheila Riddell
Stephen Baron
Alastair Wilson
Issues of gender and sexuality in schools
Mary Jane Kehily
Racialization and gendering in the (re) production of educational inequalities
Ann Phoenix
`Ice white and ordinary': new perspectives on ethnicity, gender and youth cultural identities
Anoop Nayak
The paradox of contemporary femininities in education: combining fluidity with fixity
Diane Reay
Typical boys? Theorizing masculinity in educational settings
Christine Skelton
Social class, gender and schooling
Helen Lucey
Endnotes: gender, school policies and practices
Christine Skelton
Becky Francis
References 196(23)
Index 219

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