Gender and Subject Choice

What happens in the National Curriculum?
Girls and boys choose subjects differently
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What happens at AS and A Level?
There are big gender differences- boys opt for maths and physics whereas girls opt for sociology, English and languages
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What happens in vocational courses?
Only one in 100 childcare apprentices is a boy
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What does Norman say about socialisation?
Notes from an early age that boys and girls are dressed differently, given different toys and encouraged to take part in different activities
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What does Byrne say about socialisation?
Teachers encourage boys to be tough and show initiative and to not be weak or behave like sissies. girls are expected to be quiet, helpful, clean and tidy
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What do Murphy and Elwood say about socialisation?
Boys and girls develop different tastes in reading- boys read hobby books and information texts, while girls are more likely to read stories about people which reflects their subject choice
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What does Kelly argue about gendered subject choice?
That science is seen as a boys subject, due to the fact that science teachers are more likely to be male,textbooks are more likely to draw on boys rather than girls interests, boys take control of the apparatus and dominate it acting if its theirs
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What does Colley note about computer studies?
It is seen as a masculine subject cos it involves working with machines which reflects Kelly's statement about boys controlling the apparatus, teaching styles favour boys and don't give girls opportunities
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What is said about single-sex schooling?
Pupils who attend single-sex schools tent to hold less stereotyped subject images and make less traditional subject choices
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What does Paechter say about stereotypes?
People see sport as mainly within the male domain, therefore girls who are 'sporty' have to cope with an image that contradicts the female stereotype
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What does Dewar say?
Male students would call girls 'lesbian' or 'butch' if they were interested in sport
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What do women's work roles often involve?
Work similar to that of a housewife such as childcare or nursing
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What are the 4 categories within women's employment?
Clerical, secretarial, personal services such as cleaning
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How many men work within these jobs?
A sixth
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What affects the subject choices boys and girls make?
The job roles that they see as acceptable
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