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By Paul Connolly

ISBN-10: 0415298407

ISBN-13: 9780415298407

This booklet attracts upon unique learn to ascertain the explicit concerns affecting boys and schooling within the first 3 years of education, and makes use of this learn as a foundation from which to discover the results for academics and early years staff.

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For example, studies involving rhesus monkeys have shown that males, following a fight, experience increased levels of testosterone whereas, in contrast, another study has shown that men suffering from depression find that their bodies release lower levels of testosterone (Head, 1999: 13). The main point from this is that our behaviour is not simply determined by the chemicals in our body. A much more complex process is clearly in operation (Stainton Rogers and Stainton Rogers, 2001). Thus while our immediate behaviour may be influenced by the levels of hormones in our body, the production of these hormones is also directly influenced by our behaviour.

7. As can be seen, for every year from 1995 to 2002, boys’ achievements in English do get progressively worse compared to girls at each key stage. 7 also provides some room for optimism given the modest increases in the performance of boys relative to girls for all three key stages over this period. Alongside these overall differences between boys and girls, we can also examine the effects of social class and ethnicity. 5 presents data on the proportions of 7-year-olds achieving expected standards at Key Stage 1 by ethnicity and free school meal band.

Each of these explanations will be examined in turn and their adequacy assessed against the evidence presented in the previous chapter. It will be argued that what is missing from all of these explanations (with the exception of the last one) is a focus 32 Rhetoric and reality on masculinity itself as appropriated and expressed by boys in school. With this in mind, the chapter concludes with a consideration of how masculinity has been theorised and understood. This, in turn, provides the basic starting point for the more detailed qualitative case studies to follow in later chapters.

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