Closing the Gender Gap: Postwar Education and Social Change

Citation:

Arnot, Madeleine, Miriam E. David, and Gaby Weiner. 1999. Closing the Gender Gap: Postwar Education and Social Change. London: Polity Press.

Authors: Madeleine Arnot, Miriam E. David, Gaby Weiner

Abstract:

The education gender gap is closing. Since the 1980s, examination results have changed dramatically, as girls have 'caught up' with and, in some cases, overtaken boys. Through an analysis of the postwar transformation in British economic, social and cultural life, this important book provides valuable insights into how and why this unprecedented change has taken place. In particular, the book focuses on the welfare state and the education reforms under Margaret Thatcher which encouraged this momentum for change despite her personal efforts to re-instil Victorian education values. These reforms, the authors argue, coupled with the women's movement, re-shaped girls' and boys' identities and educational choices irrevocably, but not necessarily in the same or complementary ways. Closing the Gender Gap will be essential reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students in education, sociology and gender studies.

Topics: Education, Gender Regions: Europe, Northern Europe Countries: United Kingdom

Year: 1999

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