A boy behaving badly: investigating teachers' assumptions about gender, behaviour, mobility and literacy learning

Henderson, Robyn (2008) A boy behaving badly: investigating teachers' assumptions about gender, behaviour, mobility and literacy learning. Australian Journal of Language and Literacy, 31 (1). pp. 74-87. ISSN 1038-1562

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This paper explores the complex behavioural and academic issues that surfaced in an Australian primary school following the enrolment of a student whose parents were itinerant farm workers. The student did not merge easily into the school population as most of the other itinerant farm workers' children seemed to do. Instead, he stood out because of the challenges he posed for school personnel and school processes. This single case study examines teachers' social and discursive constructions of a boy who behaved badly; teachers' growing recognition that he was a student who achieved well on some literacy tests, and the challenges of reconciling understandings and assumptions about gender, school behaviour, mobility and literacy learning.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright 2008 Australian Literacy Educators' Association. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2008 02:47
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2015 23:26
Uncontrolled Keywords: literacy; literacy learning; mobility; itinerant; gender; boys; school behaviour
Fields of Research : 16 Studies in Human Society > 1608 Sociology > 160809 Sociology of Education
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society > 169901 Gender Specific Studies
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939904 Gender Aspects of Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/2872

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