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Education and Gender

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Sam Shields (Newcastle University) explores the ways in which gender shapes educational experiences and attainment. In the first module, we think about how gender has influenced patterns of schooling historically, with a particular focus on girls’ education in Britain. The second and third modules consider the gender attainment gap which has emerged in recent decades, whereby girls perform better than boys in most subjects, and two key explanations for this – “feminisation” arguments and gender socialisation. In the fourth module, we look at gendered patterns of subject choice, before turning in the final module to think about how gender differences might be shaped and reinforced within schools by the hidden curriculum.

About the Lecturer

Dr Sam Shields is Lecturer in Education at Newcastle University. She has written on a number of topics within education studies, focusing especially on gendered experiences of education and research methods in educational settings. Her publications include Working Class Female Students’ Experiences of Higher Education: Identities, Choices and Emotions (2021) and Research and Education (2015, co-author).

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