What about the parents and the teachers of the boys?
Contemporary challenges for academic work on literacy, masculinity and educational innovation.

Year: 2006

Author: Rowan, Leonie

Type of paper: Refereed paper

The past ten years have seen a dramatic increase in the number of educational 'innovations' designed to respond to the contemporary literacy needs of boys in schools. Intense public anxiety about the apparent under-achievements of boys in literacy can make it difficult for those at the heart of these innovations-teachers, parents, boys themselves-to identify the extent to which the solutions they are offered actually are able to make a sustainable, long-term difference to the literacy achievements of the specific boys they are concerned about. Acknowledging the contested nature of the masculinity and literacy terrains this paper explores contemporary responsibilities for academics engaged in gender based, literacy interventions in the 21 st century.