Mind the gap: encouraging boys to read

Taylor, Simon (2017) Mind the gap: encouraging boys to read. The STeP Journal: Student Teacher Perspectives, 4 (2). pp. 4-10.

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Abstract

This paper begins by establishing the veracity of the perception that boys underperform relative to girls in literacy attainment. A discussion of the reasons for this disparity follows, considering biological and societal arguments. The paper goes on to discuss approaches that can combat these issues and improve outcomes for boys in literacy. It is argued that selecting texts and media which affirm male readers’ validity will increase investment from male learners. The paper concludes by commenting on the gender imbalance of the early years workforce, and its impact on the attainment of male learners.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: The STeP Journal: Student Teacher Perspectives
Publisher: Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN), University of Cumbria
Departments: Initial Teacher Education (ITE)
Additional Information: Simon Taylor is a student at the University of the West of Scotland. This article won the Critical Writing Prize 2016 awarded by Critical Publishing.
Depositing User: Anna Lupton
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2017 15:33
Last Modified: 25 Dec 2017 19:32
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/3153

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