What Do We Know About Girls’ Aspirations and Achievement?

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


This chapter provides a context for the research study. It reviews published literature, research, national education policy and government reports concerning issues of working-class students’ aspirations and achievement. These highlight the aspects relating to girls, but where appropriate, also draw on wider discourses, irrespective of gender. The primary focus is on education and school-based issues, but wider social influences like those of families and peer groups are also explored to help understand how these inter-relate within girls’ educational and social identities.


Education Research Policy Girls Schooling 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Nottingham Institute of EducationNottingham Trent UniversityNottinghamUK

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