A Girl's Education

Schooling and the Formation of Gender, Identities and Future Visions

  • Judith Gill
  • Katharine Esson
  • Rosalina Yuen

Part of the Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education book series (GED)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiv
  2. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 1-25
  3. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 27-60
  4. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 95-124
  5. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 125-153
  6. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 155-181
  7. Judith Gill, Katharine Esson, Rosalina Yuen
    Pages 183-204
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 205-212

About this book


Palgrave Studies in Gender and Education
Series editor: Yvette Taylor, Professor of Education, University of Strathclyde, UK

This book argues that educators and the general public have become complacent about girls’ education as a consequence of the more recent fuss about problems for boys. After an analysis of persistent  disquiet about girls’ lifestyles, it uses theories of gender and education to demonstrate that girls are being produced in contradictory ways in current schooling. Many girls develop a  sense of themselves through close connection with friendship groups but schooling processes typically require them to adopt the position of competitors in the end-of-school rankings and to act out their individualized positions in imagining themselves into the future. Ultimately the work offers insight and understanding leading to a less divisive educational pathway for girls.

Judith Gill is Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of South Australia and a former secondary schoolteacher who has worked in teacher education  for the past 30 years. Her main research interest is in gender and its associations with achievement and working lives.

Kathy Esson has worked widely in the fields of education and health, including her role as Senior Manager at the NSW Skills Board Secretariat, Australia. She has also been involved in a review of public education in NSW, taught psychology, and been a school and university counsellor, working primarily with young women. 

Rosalina Yuen is a psychologist in private practice in Australia. As a former social worker, she worked extensively with girls and young women in many settings. She provides counselling services to schools, universities and major employers. 


Gender Schools Future Visions Girls Female Women Identity

Authors and affiliations

  • Judith Gill
    • 1
  • Katharine Esson
    • 2
  • Rosalina Yuen
    • 3
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of South Australia School of EducationMawson LakesAustralia
  2. 2.NSW Department of Industry DarlinghurstAustralia
  3. 3.Ros Yuen Psychology Beulah ParkAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-52486-7
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-52487-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2524-6445
  • Series Online ISSN 2524-6453
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