Discourses on Gender and Achievement in Lower Secondary Education

Part of the Education Dialogues with/in the Global South book series (EDGS)


This chapter takes as a starting point gender differences in school achievement in Sweden and other Nordic countries, and what is communicated about the differences in teaching. It is based on a study that explored understandi ngs of gender and achievement in various educational settings and local contexts. This was researched by means of classroom and school observ ations as well as interviews with 9th grade students in nine classes from different schools, in various urban and rural areas. Some of the theme s that emerged with regard to the gender differences were the governance by marks and tests, the gendered discourses on performance, work and talent, groups’ resources for academic positioning, the importance of local contexts and the significance of socio-economic relations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Education and Special EducationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Department of Pedagogical, Curricular and Professional StudiesUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden
  3. 3.Department of Education and Special EducationUniversity of GothenburgGothenburgSweden

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