Boys and Achievement

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1. Sewell argued that..?

  • Education is very masculine, celebrating qualities such as competitivenss and leadership, leading to boys' doing well
  • Education has become feminised and schools do not nurture 'masculine traits' and instead celebrate qualities associated with girls
  • Middle class boys are more likely to be harrassed if they appear to be 'swots'
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2. Who claimed that laddish culture was becoming increasingly more widespread and why?

  • Francis - because females are getting careers and males respond by over-exaggerating thier masculinity
  • Cohen - because of a lack of male role models both in the family and at school
  • Baker - because the education is becoming over-feminised and boys respond by playing up to their masculinity

3. Francis argued that..?

  • Most pupils thought that female teachers treated boys more harshly
  • Two-thirds of 7-8 year olds believed that teacher gender didn't matter
  • 64% of primary school students said they would rather be taught by a male teacher

4. Epstein argued that working class boys are more likely to be harrassed if they appear to be swots

  • True
  • False

5. Francis claimed that..?

  • Boys are more likely to be labelled as swots, so naturally try to avoid this by horsing around in class
  • Boys were more concerned than girls about being labelled by peers as swots because it was more of a threat to their masculinity
  • Boys are more worried about being labelled as 'yobs' than girls, and so focus attention on school-work




Really good and helpful to find out what I didn't know and needed to revise :)

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