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Caribbean Journal of Education

Boys’ Gender Identity, School Work and Teachers’ and Parents’ Gender Beliefs

Publication Date: 
April 2007

This multi-case ethnographic study examined the gender beliefs of two teachers and 12 parents and the gender identity of thirty 8- to 10- year-old boys in two primary schools in Jamaica. The study was conducted against the background of gross underachievement among Jamaican boys and the research literature pointing to gender socialization as a factor in the declining results and interest in academic studies. Through 10 weeks of observations, interviews and focus group discussions, answers were sought for the following questions: 
1. What beliefs do teachers hold about gender? 
2. What beliefs do parents hold about gender? 
3. What are boys’ perceptions of their gender identity?

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