Boys and Girls in the Primary Classroom

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Christine Skelton, Becky Francis
Open University Press, 2003 - Education - 189 pages
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This book illustrates how gender equity (and inequality) occurs in primary classrooms. It uses the findings of current research to provide teachers with recommendations for promoting equity amongst boys and girls.

Each contributor summarizes recent research in the area of specialization before looking specifically at issues relevant to primary teaching and learning. The areas of the primary school covered include the National Curriculum subjects of literacy, numeracy and science, and broader topics such as working with boys, children with special educational needs, primary/secondary transition, playground cultures and children's construction of gender identities.

The book uses classroom-based research to provide accessible accounts of investigations into gender and primary schooling. At the same time, it offers a critique of the whole drive towards 'evidence based' research. Boys and Girls in the Primary Classroom is aimed particularly at primary teachers and student teachers although the research will be of interest to academics and undergraduate students.

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About the author (2003)

Christine Skelton is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Education, Communication and Language Sciences, University of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Becky Francis is Reader in Education, and a Deputy Director at the Institute for Policy Studies in Education (IPSE) at London Metropolitan University.

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