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Centre for Gender and Development Studies
Gendered realities: Fact or fiction?: The realities in a secondary level co-educational classroom
Gendered realities : essays in Caribbean feminist thought
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University of the West Indies Press
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Examines delineation based on sex differences in curriculum participation, and the sexual politics of the interactions between teachers and students, on the basis of a study in a coeducational, mixed classroom at the secondary level of the Jamaican education system. The author indicates that several scholars suggest that schooling is a mechanism for reproducing sexual inequalities, and that gender provides a pervasive basis for differentiation throughout school life. She discusses different perspectives, including feminist ones, on educational inequalities and notes sex-differentiated patterns of participation and subject choice, as physics was male-dominated, and English literature female-dominated. Regarding classroom interactions, she found gender differences regarding the teachers' power system, as female teachers attempted to use the discussion approach, and male teachers the traditional, authoritarian mode. Further, it is noted that unequal division of attention is given by teachers, in favour of boys. In the traditionally male-dominated areas of physics and mathematics there was a typical male/female hierarchy, with often even open acts of harassment toward girls. Thus, the author notes a gender regime, but also states that the manifestations of masculinity and femininity depended on the specific context or moments, such as the subject, sex of the teacher, and other factors.....