Deficit Models, Masculinity and Boys' Achievement

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 61 Number 3 (2019)

Deficit Models, Masculinity and Boys' Achievement
JOHN QUICKE, pages 371-380
DOI: 10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.371

Abstract

Boys' underperformance relative to girls has been a major cause for concern in recent years. Some have seen the problem as linked to a dysfunctional anti-school masculine identity. The article explores this idea via a close reading of a popular text where the focus is on boys' behaviour and achievement in the context of a strategy for rethinking masculinity in schools. It suggests that grounding a definition of boys' achievement and identity in a deficit model is likely to result in the deviant labelling which most teachers seek to avoid. Moreover, this model is consonant with a view of research, curriculum and pedagogy in the current period where the constraints on the development of progressive reform are only too evident.

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JOHN QUICKE (2019) Deficit Models, Masculinity and Boys' Achievement, FORUM, 61(3), 371-380. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2019.61.3.371

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