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Boys, productive pedagogies and social justice

Mills, Martin and Keddie, Amanda 2005, Boys, productive pedagogies and social justice, in AARE 2005 : Proceedings of the International Education Research Conference, AARE, Deakin, A.C.T., pp. 1-23.

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Title Boys, productive pedagogies and social justice
Author(s) Mills, Martin
Keddie, AmandaORCID iD for Keddie, Amanda orcid.org/0000-0001-6111-0615
Conference name AARE International Education Research. Conference (2005 : Sydney, N.S.W.)
Conference location Sydney, N.S.W.
Conference dates 27 Noc - 1 Dec 2005
Title of proceedings AARE 2005 : Proceedings of the International Education Research Conference
Publication date 2005
Start page 1
End page 23
Total pages 23
Publisher AARE
Place of publication Deakin, A.C.T.
Summary The issue of boys' education continues to dominate the gender agenda in Australian Education. Whilst concerned with the direction much of this debate has taken, we recognise that there are issues for some boys stemming from the ways in which certain masculinities have been valorised within the various communities that different boys inhabit. This paper will draw on a range of voices from schools to stress the importance of providing boys with curricula, pedagogies and assessment tasks that provide them with opportunities to explore and critically analyse their personal experiences of what it means to be 'masculine'. We argue that such an approach to boys' education has to avoid treating boys as 'disadvantaged' and instead has to be cognisant of the complexities surrounding gendered relations of power operating within boys' various communities. We suggest that the productive pedagogies framework provides an avenue through which such an approach to boys' education can be taken up in schools. We are mindful, however, that the gender just enactment of this pedagogical framework requires that teachers draw on key threshold knowledges about gender, masculinity and schooling. We present some of these knowledges and demonstrate their imperative in moving beyond reinscription to transformation of the gendered relations that constrain boys' and girls' schooling experiences.
Language eng
Field of Research 130308 Gender, Sexuality and Education
Socio Economic Objective 930201 Pedagogy
HERDC Research category E2.1 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
ERA Research output type X Not reportable
Copyright notice ©2005, The Authors
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30087531

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