Boys' underachievement in education: an exploration in selected Commonwealth countries

Gender disparity in education has usually been experienced as disadvantaging girls. Now a new phenomenon of boys’ underachievement – both in terms of participation and performance – is appearing in a number of countries. This book reviews the research on boys’ underachievement and presents the arguments that have been put forward to understand its causes. The authors also present new studies from Australia, Jamaica, Lesotho and Samoa; and they use both the research and the evidence from the case studies to explore the causes and policy implications of this trend – the first time a truly cross-regional approach has been applied to the issue. This book will interest all education policy-makers and analysts concerned to ensure gender equality in school education.

author
Kelleher, Fatimah
Jha, Jyotsna
language
ENG
Institutions
Commonwealth of Learning
Commonwealth Secretariat (UK)
date
2006
Pages
454 p.
regions
Asia and the Pacific
Americas and the Caribbean
Africa
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themes
Studies of achievement
Gender issues in education
Pays
Australia
Jamaica
Lesotho
Samoa

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