Art and design is still a gendered school subject


Etherington, Margaret 2013. Art and design is still a gendered school subject. Research in Teacher Education. 3 (2), pp. 34-39.
AuthorsEtherington, Margaret

Gender disparity in the take-up of post-compulsory school art, leading to the predominance of girls at GCSE and A-level, appears to be linked to the perception that the subject offers few career prospects, and to the notion that boys dislike drawing and painting. This paper derives from a case study of a London secondary school art department during 2010/11. One aspect of the research examines the way art remains a feminine, marginalised subject despite its relevance to the increasingly successful creative industries. A central finding is that good attainment at GCSE still relies heavily on a demanding homework load and copious preparatory studies, both off-putting to students, particularly boys.

Keywordsgender; ethnicity; secondary art education; art-based careers
JournalResearch in Teacher Education
Research in Teacher Education
Journal citation3 (2), pp. 34-39
PublisherUniversity of East London, Cass School of Education and Communities
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Publication dates
Print01 Oct 2013
Publication process dates
Deposited22 Nov 2013
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