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Gendered Interactions in School

  • Kristen MyersEmail author
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Part of the Handbooks of Sociology and Social Research book series (HSSR)

Abstract

The typical child in the U.S. spends 13 years in primary and secondary schools. One goal of schools is to standardize students’ knowledge of core subject matter so as to make them responsible and productive citizens when they reach adulthood. In large part, then, schools are designed to inculcate American ideals into members of society, beginning at an early age. Most American ideals are gendered in various ways. As such, schools teach both formal and informal lessons about gender to all students. The gender binary is used to order children’s behavior, and it is built into the curriculum. The school context enables, constrains, and gives meaning to children’s gendered interactions. But children also work together to create their own meanings and to innovate in their negotiations of gender in the school context. This chapter examines the research on gendered interactions at school and explores possibilities of using sociological research for social change.

Keywords

Gender in schools Gender in education 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Northern Illinois UniversityDekalbUSA

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