The Politics of Policy in Boys' Education: Getting Boys Right

Hardcover | October 15, 2008

byMarcus B. Weaver-Hightower

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This book explores boy-focused education policy and how different educators struggle to implement or resist it in their schools. Weaver-Hightower examines masculinity politics in Australia and the United States, mapping how these politics create panic over raising and educating boys the “Right” way.  Contextualizing this policy with movements for boys’ education around the world, this book offers progressive strategies for resisting conservative, regressive, anti-feminist programs for boys. 

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This book explores boy-focused education policy and how different educators struggle to implement or resist it in their schools. Weaver-Hightower examines masculinity politics in Australia and the United States, mapping how these politics create panic over raising and educating boys the “Right” way.  Contextualizing this policy with mo...

Marcus B. Weaver-Hightower is Assistant Professor of Educational Foundations and Research and an affiliate of the Women’s Studies program at the University of North Dakota (USA). He is a former high school English teacher and a Fulbright scholar to Australia. He is the author of numerous articles on boys’ education and co-editor, with...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.44 × 5.68 × 0.76 inPublished:October 15, 2008Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230608396

ISBN - 13:9780230608399

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Table of Contents

Foreword--Michael W. Apple * Gender and Education in a "New" Century: The "Boy Turn" * Masculinity "Down Under": The Roots of Boys' Education Policy in Australia * Boys: Getting It Right: Inventing Boys Through Policy * Means to an End: The Resulting Initiatives * "Getting It Right" in the Schoolhouse: Two Case Studies * Boys Education in the United States: What Australia's Example Tells Us * Coda: Hope and Strategy     

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"Weaver-Hightower’s The Politics of Policy in Boys' Education is a model of rigorous, critical policy analysis.  Focusing on the case of boys’ education in Australia, Weaver-Hightower excavates and explores the interplay between a wide range of stakeholders around a spate of events and public arguments that unfolded in Australia in recent years. While this is the story of a single policy, it tells a much wider story about the struggle over the future of boys and of masculinity in a uniquely dynamic context.  It also provides an extended argument for the power of thinking about policy in ecological ways.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough."--Greg Dimitriadis, Professor, Department of Educational Leadership and Policy, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York“Weaver-Hightower provides a research-based and exceedingly informative account of the development of national policies for boys in Australian schools during the period of the conservative Howard government. He also contextualizes these developments globally and comparatively with the more limited policy developments in the USA. This ‘ecological’ policy analysis provides deep insights into the ‘boy turn’ in education and offers hope for all those seeking a more gender equal society.”-- Bob Lingard, School of Education, The University of Queensland