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The female stranger in a male school

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posted on 1990-01-01, 00:00 authored by Maria Pallotta-ChiarolliMaria Pallotta-Chiarolli
A questionnaire was issued to 18 girls undertaking their Year 12 studies at an Australian private Catholic boys’ day school of 700 students. The questionnaire encompassed several factors in regard to gender issues and differentiation in education—subject choices, career ambitions, interaction between the sexes, female friendships, perception of gender differentiation and stereotyping in teaching styles and school structures. The girls were also asked to consider various feminist principles in relation to personal future goals. The theoretical framework within which the study was conducted was Schulz's notion of the “stranger” attempting to interpret and accommodate to the “cultural patterns” of the “approached group” of the “thinking-as usual” of the “foreign group” confronting that of the “approached group” and its “unquestioned and unquestionable reality”. The results indicate the girls’ high level of awareness of gender differentiation amongst peers, teachers and in-school structures; criticism of and unwillingness to accept the new “cultural pattern” and a modelling of their future lives along liberal feminist principles. Copyright © 1990 by Taylor & Francis Group. All rights reserved.

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Journal

Gender and education

Volume

2

Pagination

169-183

Location

Abingdon, Eng.

ISSN

0954-0253

eISSN

1360-0516

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

1990, Taylor & Francis Group

Issue

2

Publisher

Taylor & Francis

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