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What about the boys? : issues of masculinity in schools
Martino, Wayne.
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Buckingham [England] ; Philadelphia : Open University Press, 2001.
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xiv, 242 pages ; 24 cm

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LC1390 .W43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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This edited collection brings together leading researchers from Australia, United Kingdom and the United States to explore issues of boys, schooling and masculinities within the context of the current concern about the education of boys. The contributors draw on detailed empirical research to highlight some important issues that are not addressed in public debates about boys in the media. Chapter topics include international perspectives on debates about boys; teaching boys; programmes for boys in schools; boys and risk taking; boys and discipline; boys and sexuality; Afro-American boys; indigenous boys in Australian schools; boys and reading; boys and maths; boys, dance and sport; boys and science; girls' talk about boys.

Table of Contents

Victoria Foster and Michael Kimmel and Christine SkeltonChris Haywood and Mairtin Mac An GhaillMichael C. ReichertMartin MillsLori BeckettWayne MartinoDebbie EpsteinAnoop Nayak and Mary Jane KehilyValerie Hey and Angela Creese and Harry Daniels and Shaun Fielding and Diana LeonardJames Earl DavisLee Simpson and Mark Mcfadden and Geoff MunnsBob Meyenn and Judith ParkerWill LettsAnne ChapmanChristine Hall and Martin ColesMichael Gard
List of contributorsp. v
Prefacep. x
1 'What about the boys?' An overview of the debatesp. 1
2 The significance of teaching English boys: exploring social change, modern schooling and the making of masculinitiesp. 24
3 Rethinking masculinities: new ideas for schooling boysp. 38
4 Pushing it to the max: interrogating the risky business of being a boyp. 53
5 Challenging boys: addressing issues of masculinity within a gender equity frameworkp. 66
6 'Powerful people aren't usually real kind, friendly, open people!' Boys interrogating masculinities at schoolp. 82
7 Boyz' own stories: masculinities and sexualities in schoolsp. 96
8 'Learning to laugh': A study of schoolboy humour in the English secondary schoolp. 110
9 'Sad, bad or sexy boys': girls' talk in and out of the classroomp. 124
10 Transgressing the masculine: African American boys and the failure of schoolsp. 140
11 'Someone has to go through': indigenous boys, staying on at school and negotiating masculinitiesp. 154
12 Naughty boys at school: perspectives on boys and disciplinep. 169
13 Boys will be boys (if they pay attention in science class)p. 186
14 Maths talk is boys' talk: constructing masculinity in school mathematicsp. 199
15 Boys, books and breaking boundaries: developing literacy in and out of schoolp. 211
16 'I like smashing people, and I like getting smashed myself': addressing issues of masculinity in physical education and sportp. 222
Indexp. 236