|About the book|
"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.
|About the authors|
Dr Becky Francis is Reader in Education, and a Deputy Director at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE), University of North London.
Dr Christine Skelton is Senior Lecturer at the Department of Education, University of Newcastle. They are the joint editors of Gender & Education journal. Both have written extensively in the field of gender and education.
|Table of contents|
Part one: Gender as a category in educational research
Gender theory and research in education
modernist traditions and emerging contemporary themes
Obvious, all too obvious?
methodological issues in using sex/gender as a variable in educational research
Part two: Recent developments in gender theory
Using poststructuralist ideas in gender theory and research
Truth is slippery stuff
feminist agency in educational research
exploring the unconsious as a pedagogic and research practice
Part three: Identity constructions revisited
Gender and the post-school experiences of women and men with learning difficulties
Issues of gender and sexuality in schools
Racialisation and gendering
in the (re)production of educational inequalities
'Ice white and ordinary'
new perspectives on ethnicity, gender and youth cultural identities
The paradox of contemporary femininities in education
combining fluidity with fixity
Typical boys? theorizing masculinity in educational settings
Social class, gender and schooling
school policies and practices