Men’s learning in small and remote towns in Australia

Men’s learning in small and remote towns in Australia Book Section

Lifelong Learning, Participation and Equity

  • Author(s): Golding, Barry
  • Secondary Author(s): Chapman, Judith, Cartwright, Patricia, McGilp, E. Jacqueline
  • Published: 2006
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • ISBN: 978-1-4020-5322-1

Abstract: A series of research projects conducted by the author in Australia in 2002–4 has thrown new light on the ways in which men in small rural towns do (or don’t) return to learn. This chapter summarises the evidence from some of these studies and places them in the context of a small but emerging literature on the distinctive and arguably different nature of men’s learning and their learning preferences. The research is timely in the light of concerns, both real and imagined, about men’s (McGivney, 1999a) and boys’ (Slade, 2002, House of Representatives 2002) differential rates of participation and attainment as compared with women and girls and changing discourses of gender and education (Lingard & Douglas, 1999). While there has been widespread historic gender segmentation of adult learning by field of study in most education sectors, segmentation involving men has not received sufficient or critical recent inquiry.

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