A study into effective strategies to raise secondary boys' achievement.
University of Wales Institute, Cardiff
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The focus of this small-scale research is to investigate the strategies used in two similar secondary schools to raise boys' achievement. Differences between the performance of boys and girls have been of concern for some time. Twenty years ago, the disadvantages experienced by girls were the key issue. Over the last decade, there have been numerous publications and a variety of research carried out on the issue of underachievement, particularly in boys. This investigation has considered the historical perspective of underachievement and views of the experts who are interested in this research topic. Schools have employed a variety of measures with varying degrees of success to combat underachievement. A number of strategies have been employed to try and raise achievement throughout schools. Questionnaires and interviews have been administered throughout the schools along with the collection of data, to establish if strategies employed by the schools have a positive/negative affect on pupils' achievement. The study suggests: - - That schools have implemented a number of strategies to raise boys underachievement. - Some strategies have a positive effect on achievement. - Some strategies have a negative effect on achievement. - There are a number of factors that influence a pupil's achievement (for example, socio -economic, parental influences). It was found that in this research, it was essential that all staff contributed to the raising of achievement in both boys and girls. The study suggests that within the research that surrounds the underachievement of boys lies the unaddressed issue of girls' underachievement. This is an area the researcher feels may be developed into a future research activity. The study concludes that a number of strategies must be implemented to combat underachievement and that a flexible teaching approach is essential.
MA Education Thesis
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