Sociology - Factors Affecting Boys' Achievement

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Name 3 reasons for the underachievement of boys in education.
Literacy; Globalisation; Feminisation of education; Lack of male role models; 'Laddish' subcultures.
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How does literacy affect boys' achievement?
Parents spend less time reading to sons; Boys' leisure interests don't encourage language & communication skills.
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How has globalisation affected boys' achievement?
Decline in traditional 'male jobs' = male 'identity crisis' - loss of motivation & self-esteem.
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How has the feminisation of education affected boys' achievement?
Schools no longer nurture 'masculine' traits (competitiveness & leadership) & less male teachers - education = feminine; Read (2008) argues that female teachers can also provide same classroom discipline as male teachers.
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How does the lack of male role models at home affect boys' achievement?
Female-headed lone-parent families = boys less likely to see value of employment & qualifications.
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How do 'laddish' subcultures affect boys' achievement?
Pressure on boys to demonstrate masculinity by being anti-school (more concerned about being labelled as swots/'gay' & subject to abuse).
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Name 2 policies which have been introduced to raise boys' achievement.
Raising Boys Achievement; Reading Champions; Playing for Success.
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