Boys, Girls, and the Myths of Literacies and Learning

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Roberta F. Hammett, Kathy Sanford
Canadian Scholars' Press, 2008 - Education - 252 pages
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This timely and authoritative book provides a critique and deconstructs the myths that serve to uphold the current "moral panic" around boys' supposed failures in literacy and diminished chances of success. Readers are asked to look beyond simple gender binarism to see different, more complex and often more egregious categorizations of students in their classrooms, other than the simplistic male/female categories, and begin to question and address some of those issues: poverty, racism, violence, environment, and more complex issues of gender, patriarchy, and hegemony.

The authors suggest different ways of teaching literacies to both boys and girls and propose that while solutions are not simple, they are critically important in promoting positive educational experiences for all students, regardless of gender, class, culture, race, or sexual orientation.

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Roberta F. Hammett is Professor of Education at Memorial University, specializing in literacies, secondary English education, and technology integration in teaching and learning. She has completed two three-year terms as Associate Dean of Education for Graduate Studies and Research.

Katherine J. Sanford is Associate Professor and Associate Dean in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria. Her research and teaching interests include issues of gender, literacy, assessment, and popular culture/new media.

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