The material in this report is drawn directly from an earlier, much larger report, Explaining and Addressing Gender Differences in the Compulsory School Sector: A Literature Review by Dr Adrienne Alton-Lee and Dr Angelique Praat. The aim of the earlier report, which was released in July 2000, was to:
- review the available literature relating to identifying and explaining gender differences
- describe strategies used to address gender differences
- and report available evidence of the effectiveness of those strategies
The present report presents selected research examples and ideas from the main report and provides practical insights into issues of gender for teachers in the classroom.
The review was prompted, in part, by the widespread concern about the performance of boys in education, and was guided by three questions:
- What are the key factors contributing to gender differences in learning, participation and social outcomes?
- What strategies or policies have been used to address gender differences in learning, pupil participation and social outcomes?
- How effective have these strategies/policies been and under what circumstances?