Gender issues – raising the attainment of boys in design and technology

2008-06-27T14:47:59Z (GMT) by David Spendlove
This paper examines the context of boys’ performance in design and technology, a subject which has evolved from a traditionally male-dominated subject to one where girls are achieving higher levels of examination success than boys at all levels. By examining the extent of girls' superiority over boys in design and technology, and the changing role of boys and males in society, the many reasons for the notional underachievement of boys can be explored. From the literary review and school-based study that took place, assessment arises as the essential mechanism in defining underachievement. This paper concludes with the proposal that before labelling any group as underachievers, the system that defines underachievement must be fully investigated.