Education has traditionally institutionalized the dominant social and economic role of men in society, and the early history of teaching in schools and universities in the English speaking world is largely one of preparing ‘gentlemen’ for positions of leadership. However, there is now a concern in many education systems that boys are not succeeding in school as much as they should. This has led to a concerted focus in education policy and debate on boys' achievement in school, with numerous research studies and government inquiries seeking to understand this issue.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rob Gilbert
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  1. 1.School of EducationThe University of QueenslandSt LuciaAustralia

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