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Working with boys: the use of de Bono’s six thinking hats to explore and find alternatives to limited and restrictive understandings of masculinities

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posted on 2002-01-01, 00:00 authored by Amanda KeddieAmanda Keddie
This paper responds to an ethnographic case study of a group of five boys aged between 6 and 8 years. The study (Keddie 2001) explored how masculinities were understood and practiced within peer culture. This context was found to be particularly potent in shaping dominant masculinities mobilised around bravado, competition, violence, physical domination and risk underpinned and perpetuated by essentialist and oppositional understandings of females and femininities. The paper looks at the inadequacies of common teacher intervention strategies for addressing boys' group behaviours based on the rational pathways of control and punishment. In presenting further warrant for working with, rather than in opposition to, boys, a practical teaching and learning strategy based on de Bono's six thinking hats is detailed. This strategy provides a framework for teaching about diversity and, informed by the ideals of social justice, may be used with boys to recognise multiple perspectives and explore alternatives to the restrictive and limited masculinities of dominant peer culture.

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Journal

Primary educator

Volume

3

Pagination

10 - 15

Publisher

Warringal Publications

Location

Fitzroy, Vic.

ISSN

1324-4825

eISSN

1328-3634

Language

eng

Publication classification

CN.1 Other journal article

Copyright notice

2002, Australian Curriculum Studies Association

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