Gender and Subject choice

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Published on March 9, 2014

Author: lucylee79

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Gender and subject choice part two

SUBJECT CHOICE And gender

Gendered subject images • Some subjects are seen as ‘girl’s’ or ‘boy’s’ subjects • Alison Kelly – science teachers are more likely to be men - examples in text books draw on boy’s experiences • Anne Colley (1998) – Computer studies is seen as masculine • working with machines is part of the ‘male domain’ • It tends to be taught in ways that suit boys, with little opportunity for group work

Gendered subject images • Pupils who attend single sex schools typically hold less stereotyped subject images

Peer pressure • Subjects outside the gender domain of an individual can lead to a negative response from peers • Carrie Paetcher (1998) pupils generally see sport as within the male domain • Alison Dewar (1990) in American colleges, male students would call girls ‘lesbian’ or ‘butch’ if they appeared more interested in sports.

Gendered career options • Employment is highly gendered • ‘Women’s work’ is often similar to work performed by housewives • Childcare • Nursing • Over half of women’s employment fits into 4 categories; clerical, secretarial, personal services and cleaning • Only 1/6 of male workers work in these areas

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