Gender Construction and Boys' Literacy: Revisiting the 'Essentialist' Approach — Mike Paluch, St. Andrew's College, Canada

The purpose of this study was to investigate whether or not texts can be used to enhance boys’ understanding of masculinities in the larger context of the debate surrounding best practices in promoting boys’ literacy. Through the process of action research, the author reconsiders, and ultimately rejects, a rigidly essentialist point of view for improving boys’ literacy in favour of a more balanced, centrist position focused on student learning rather than gender differences. The research conducted has revealed that literature can be used to enhance boys’ understanding of masculinities.

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Educator quote about IBSC Action Research

"If I were to give advice to someone engaging in a similar action research project, I would suggest that he/she narrow the focus and collect as much quantitative data as possible.