New initiative, old problem: classroom assistants and the under-valuation of women's work

Authors


  • Kay Gilbert is Senior in Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde, Chris Warhurst is Professor in University of Sydney Business School, University of Sydney, Dennis Nickson is Professor in Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde, Scott Hurrell is Lecturer in Institute for Socio-Management, University of Stirling and Johanna Commander is Research Fellow in Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde.

Kay Gilbert, Department of Human Resource Management, University of Strathclyde, Glasgow G1 1XU, UK; email: kgilbert@strath.ac.uk

ABSTRACT

Centred on classroom assistants in Scotland, this article examines the process by which an occupation dominated by female workers becomes under-valued. The qualitative data reveals the cognitive errors made by the key actors—government, employers and unions in this process.

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