How can boys’ understanding of masculinity and manhood be enhanced and broadened through literature in the language arts curriculum?
I doubt that anyone would deny that a male who wishes to be seen as a good example of masculinity and manhood would be offended by rape. Can this understanding of masculinity and manhood be enhanced and broadened through the language arts curriculum? As part of an extra-curricular course, which ran once a week over an eleven week period, a group of grade 10 boys were exposed to and studied various types of literature which dealt with rape. They recorded their feelings in writing and anonymously, and also discussed them as a group. The findings suggest that the course was successful in enhancing their understanding of masculinity as it encouraged them to be more empathetic and more likely to act against rape.
Educator quote about IBSC Action Research
"On a personal level it was both a wonderful and a painful experience. Researching boys’ attitudes towards rape is neither pleasant nor comfortable and there were times when I agonised about what to say, what to share and what to show the boys. On the other hand, their responses sometimes felt like a blessing; and a validation of what I was trying to achieve."