Chapter 4. Gender and Schooling

  1. Brid Featherstone professor2,
  2. Carol-Ann Hooper senior lecturer3,
  3. Jonathan Scourfield Reader and
  4. Julie Taylor Professor4
  1. Shereen Benjamin senior lecturer

Published Online: 30 DEC 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch4

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

Gender and Child Welfare in Society

How to Cite

Benjamin, S. (2010) Gender and Schooling, in Gender and Child Welfare in Society (eds B. Featherstone, C.-A. Hooper, J. Scourfield and J. Taylor), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684771.ch4

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of Bradford, UK

  2. 3

    University of York, UK

  3. 4

    School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of Dundee, UK

Author Information

  1. University of Edinburgh, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 DEC 2009
  2. Published Print: 22 JAN 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470681862

Online ISBN: 9780470684771



  • gender and schooling;
  • high-stakes standardized testing of schoolchildren - in United Kingdom;
  • local education authorities (LEAs) and teachers - failing to act as guarantors of standards;
  • taking free school meal entitlement (FSM) - proxy measure for poverty;
  • construction of boys and problem of educations;
  • discourse of boys' underachievement - boys;
  • as victims of a society and a schooling system;
  • three sets of interrelated problems in notion of boys' underachievement;
  • hegemonic masculinity - with dominance, virility, heterosexual attractiveness;
  • ‘post-feminist, neoliberal discourses of educational achievement and gender equality’;
  • marketization of schooling in wake of globalization


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Masculinities and Schooling: what counts as ‘success’ for boys?

  • Femininities and schooling: what counts as ‘success’ for girls?

  • Conclusion

  • References