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May 3, 2018 / C H Thompson

Why girls are doing better than boys?

Mitos and Browne (1998) found:

  • the women’s movement and feminism raised girls’ expectations and self-esteem
  • the increasing number of employment opportunities for women
  • many girls’ mother are in paid employment and act as positive role models for them

Since 1970s girls’ priorities have changed; see Sue Sharpe’s research (1976) ‘Just Like a Girl’

In addition sociologist have found:

  • girls are better motivated and organised than boys
  • girls at 16 are seen to be more mature than boys
  • girls benefitted from introduction of coursework in GCSEs/A-Levels
  • national curriculum made more subjects compulsory
  • teachers less likely to gender stereotype girls into set roles or careers
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