THE SEXIST SCHOOL ENVIRONMENT AS AN AGENT IN THE IDENTIFICATION OF MASCULINITY OF BOYS

Virginija Šidlauskienė

Summary

 

The article deals with the understanding and analysis of gender in the sexist school environments.  The outcomes of the research discovered segregated schooling. Gender is embeded in the institutional arrangaments trough which a school is functioning: division of labour (concentration of women in domestic science, language teaching), supervision and authority among teachers and patterns of dominance, harassment, and control over resources among pupils, feeling rules, symbolization of gender by uniforms and dress codes,


formal and informal language codes, masculinizing practices: discipline (prefects having the authority to beat younger boys, to bully girls), academic competition and hierarchy, team games and gender segregation among the staff and so on.

An analysis of the different discursive practices in the shool indicates that heterosexuality is not singular category. Heterosexuality can be produced within the school in three areas of school life: the official and hidden curriculum, pedagogic practice and pupil culture. Educational strategies in work with boys should be carried out.