Feminist struggles to mobilise progressive spaces within the ‘boy-turn’ in gender equity and schooling reform

Keddie, Amanda 2010, Feminist struggles to mobilise progressive spaces within the ‘boy-turn’ in gender equity and schooling reform, Gender and education, vol. 22, no. 4, pp. 353-368, doi: 10.1080/09540250903289907.

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Title Feminist struggles to mobilise progressive spaces within the ‘boy-turn’ in gender equity and schooling reform
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Journal name Gender and education
Volume number 22
Issue number 4
Start page 353
End page 368
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2010
ISSN 0954-0253
Keyword(s) feminism
gender equity
teacher practice
boys' education
Summary This article presents the stories of two Australian feminist educators, ‘Kath’ and ‘Kim’. Drawn from a small‐scale interview‐based study, the stories highlight these women’s struggles to mobilise progressive spaces within the current boy‐focused equity and schooling agenda. Such struggles are located within the new possibilities for feminist intervention enabled by current educational trends in Australia. The stories focus on Kath and Kim’s experiences leading the professional development of teachers from several schools in Queensland (Australia) as part of the $19.4 million national initiative, Success for Boys. The article draws on feminist understandings of ‘progressive’ spaces and highlights the requisite conditions necessary for mobilising such spaces. In particular, Kath and Kim’s stories bring to light the powerful role emotions continue to play in both enabling and constraining gender reform and the continued significance of attending to, and working with, such emotions to enhance the pursuit of gender justice in schools.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/09540250903289907
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
1303 Specialist Studies In Education
1608 Sociology
Socio Economic Objective 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2010, Taylor & Francis
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