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Disrupting masculinised spaces: teachers working for gender justice

Keddie, Amanda and Mills, Martin 2009, Disrupting masculinised spaces: teachers working for gender justice, Research papers in education, vol. 24, no. 1, pp. 29-43, doi: 10.1080/02671520801945834.

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Title Disrupting masculinised spaces: teachers working for gender justice
Author(s) Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Mills, Martin
Journal name Research papers in education
Volume number 24
Issue number 1
Start page 29
End page 43
Total pages 15
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication Abingdon, Eng.
Publication date 2009-03
ISSN 0267-1522
1470-1146
Keyword(s) Boy's education
Critical pedagogy
Gender
Masculinity
Single-sex schooling
Social justice
Summary This article rejects the notion that schools have become excessively feminised spaces that are failing to adequately provide for the educational needs of boys. This construction of schools as feminised has provided the impetus for the development of what have become known as ‘boy‐friendly’ pedagogies. Unfortunately such pedagogies work with essentialist assumptions about masculinity and as such have the potential to reinscribe and valorise those forms of masculinity that are oppressive to others and, in some instances, result in self‐harm. The authors thus contend that boy‐friendly approaches to schooling often work against the interests of more gender‐just practices in schools, and beyond. Drawing on one set of data from a broader study, they highlight the masculinised spaces operating in one all‐boys’ school. They suggest that a boy‐friendly pedagogy here would be highly inappropriate in terms of promoting gender justice. They therefore foreground the philosophies and practices of one group of teachers who are concerned with implementing a transformational pedagogy in their classrooms and suggest that whilst, in this instance, such pedagogies are not without their problems, they offer insights into how such masculinised spaces can be disrupted.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/02671520801945834
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
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 ©2009, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087500

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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