Breaking the Mould – it’s child’s play

Resources for teachers and parents about children’s books that challenge gender stereotypes
The National Union of Teachers has been working with a small group of primary schools to challenge ‘traditional’ gender stereotypes through the curriculum.  As part of the support for schools, the project team provided them with a range of books featuring characters who defy […]

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Golden lads and girls all come to dust: School shootings and gender in a violent America

Golden lads and girls all must/As chimney-sweepers, come to dust. –Cymbeline
I know there is very little left to say about the wholesale slaughter of women and children in a Newtown, Connecticut elementary school this past December. I’m not writing this reflection in an effort to jump onto the already macabre, maudlin bandwagon. I am […]

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GEA 2013: Compelling Diversities, Educational Intersections: Policy, Practice, Parity

Gender and Education Association Biennial Conference 2013
Weeks Centre for Social and Policy Research, London South Bank University
Tuesday 23rd– Friday 26th April 2013
 
Confirmed keynote speakers:
– Prof. Lisa Adkins, University of Newcastle, Australia (What Do Wages Do? Feminist Theory After the Financial Crisis)
– Prof. Val Gillies, Weeks Centre, LSBU (From Baby Brain to Conduct Disorder: the New […]

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The sexually available versus the crooks; gender and HIV prevention education in Mozambique

The cynic in me was not surprised to find that young women in Mozambique experienced sexual harassment in schools. I had thought carefully about this eventuality prior to setting out to Mozambique to gather data for my doctoral study on HIV- and AIDS-related education, and the possible action I might take if and when confronted […]

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Into the Woods

As a practicing middle school English Language Arts teacher and researcher in the Northeastern US, I am interested in the stories adolescents tell about their lives. To this end, my research in classrooms is ethnographic and privileges the stories girls tell about their experiences of being marginalized, silenced, and punished, often by other girls. One story in […]

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‘Keeping it Real’: teenage girls and everyday feminism

It is an overcast Friday in mid-October as the Cardiff University contingent (that’s us!) pull up outside a rated-but-dated business hotel in Newport; we are attending the #KeepingItReal conference for teenage girls, run by the South Wales charity Full Circle, who seek to support aspiration in young people, and as we find our way into the […]

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Bad Animals Sitting Sweetly: Some Thoughts on Naughtiness, Gender and What We Learn in School

Let it be known that my six-year-old daughter is a child rife with frolicsome mischief.  
The experience of parenting said child fostered my interest in naughty youngsters, the connections between misbehavior and personhood and how all children—especially girls– are socialized in schools. Thus socialized through behavior management practices, many are taught to equate obedience with […]

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The Muddy-Booted Boys: The Lads’ Redneck American Cousins

It was the first day of school, and we were standing on the bleachers in the gymnasium, waiting for the seniors to make their ceremonial entrance.  I stood there with the ninth graders, craning my neck, trying to get a glimpse of the new senior class as they lined up in the hallway.  We show […]

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