1. Arnot, M., Ghaill, M. (Edited). (2006).The Routledge Falmer Reader in Gender and Education. London: Routledge.
Gender is an important lens through which we can interpret the role of education in society and the ways in which it contributes to social change in late modernity.
The Routledge Falmer Reader in Gender and Education brings together classic pieces of gender theory, as well as examples of the sophistication of contemporary gender theory and research methodologies in the field of education. Leading international gender researchers address current debates about gender, power, identity and culture and concerns about boys' and girls' schooling. They explore gender achievement patterns, the boys' education debate and gender relationships in the curriculum, the classroom and youth cultures.
The Reader is divided into five sections which reflect contemporary concerns about Gender and Education:
■ Gender and educational theory
■ Difference and power
■ Identity work
■ Knowledge and pedagogy Reflexivity and risk
As experts in feminist and masculinity research, the editors have designed an important Reader which shows how complex, fluid masculinities and femininities are negotiated in relation to sexuality, ethnicity and new transitions to work and citizenship. The analysis of the gender dimensions of the curriculum, teaching and alternative pedagogies also provide important insights for practitioners wishing to promote gender equality.
With a specially written Introduction from the editors providing a much-needed context to the current educational climate, undergraduates, postgraduates and academics interested in education, gender studies and women's studies will find this a stimulating and important resource.
Madeleine Arnot is Fellow of Jesus College and Professor of Sociology of Education at the University of Cambridge, UK.
Mairtin Mac an Ghaill is Professor of Sociology at the University of Birmingham, UK.