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A entire research and reference e-book on equality and schooling. Covers themes similar to race, incapacity, gender, sexuality and social category in a resource booklet layout.

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Gender stereotypes about male superiority were reinforced earlier by medical practitioners who warned female students of the risks evoked by too much intellectual work (Dyhouse, 1981). As late as the 1930s, it was professed that a girl who worked hard might get brain fever (Rendel, 1997, p. 56). So, when it came to male-female 11+ result patterns, common sense and social observation suggested the difference ‘is not real because it does not last, it is not a phenomenon produced by the test, it is a phenomenon produced by “nature”’ (Thom, 1987, p.

222, 229 and 291 for a discussion). Reassessments of the concept of equal access saw the gradual shift to a non-selective system of secondary schooling in England and Wales, a change that accelerated the number of children educated in mixed schools in the state sector. This meant a changing balance of power among women and men staff in senior and managerial positions as schools became mixed, larger and more complex; however, the accepted norm was that mixed-sex schooling was preferable to single-sex schooling on academic as well as social grounds (Deem, 1984).

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