Boys and literacy learning: changing perspectives

Alloway, Nola, and Gilbert, Pamela (2002) Boys and literacy learning: changing perspectives. AECA Research in Practice Series, 9 (4). 1-18.

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[Extract] Recent media attention has placed boys at centre stage in educational debates about gender and literacy. Boys, it has been widely reported, have lower levels of literacy skills than do girls; and this is not unique to Australia. It has also been well documented in the United Kingdom, the USA and New Zealand (DETYA, 2000).

Since the mid-nineties, there has been an explosion of media, community and professional interest in boys' lower levels of attachment to institutional life at school generated by confronting media grab-lines like 'Gender wars in class' (Arndt, 1994a), 'How many jobs for the boys?' (Arndt, 1994b) and 'It's time to get real about boys' (Bagnall, 2001 ).And there has been a special interest in boys' poorer average performance as a group, relative to girls', in literacy-related tasks as demonstrated and evaluated at school. However, this interest does not seem to have captured the attention of early childhood educators to the extent that it has captured the attention of teachers working at other levels.

Item ID: 13442
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1440-5148
Keywords: boys' education; gender; literacies
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Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2010 01:46
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education @ 100%
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