Gender, Social Context and Educational Aspirations Introduction In the fields of education and social studies, one of the most controversial issues in recent years concerns the question of gender differences in the educational achievements and aspirations of young people. With the advent of feminist sociology, there was increased attention paid in the 1970s and 1980s to the problem of girls’ underachievement, particularly in fields such as mathematics and the sciences, with a focus on the gendered processes at work in the education system. However, since the 1990s there has been increasing attention paid to the issue of boys’ under-achievement relative to that of girls in the education system (Tyyska 2009). While these issues remain...The end:
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