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High-achievement boys: relationship to school and negotiations between peers

Grant number: 14/11899-7
Support type:Scholarships in Brazil - Master
Effective date (Start): October 01, 2014
Effective date (End): September 30, 2016
Field of knowledge:Humanities - Education - Fundamentals of Education
Cooperation agreement: Coordination of Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES)
Principal researcher:Marilia Pinto de Carvalho
Grantee:Cinthia Torres Toledo
Home Institution: Faculdade de Educação (FE). Universidade de São Paulo (USP). São Paulo , SP, Brazil


Brazilian educational data, such as average years of schooling and dropout rates show that boys have higher probabilities of having a troubled school life, with failures and interruptions. Assuming these differences as a starting point, several studies have considered gender relations from discussions about masculinities in studies that try to understand the underachievement of boys. We intend to study, however, relationships between masculinities and school performance through a research about boy's success at school, since previous research has signaled the existence of a significant group of boys evaluated positively by their teachers. Admitting, therefore, the existence of boys considered good students and adopting as theoretical assumption the notion that children also actively construct their masculinities among their peer groups, we will seek to understand the relationship of boys assessed as excellent students by their teachers with other children, and then, try to understand how they articulate their masculinities practices with performances considered positive. For this, we will develop a qualitative research through participant observation and semi-structured interviews with students and teachers. (AU)

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TOLEDO, Cinthia Torres. To be a boy and a high-achieving pupil: masculinities and school achievement. 2016. Master's Dissertation - Universidade de São Paulo (USP). Faculdade de Educação (FE/SBD) São Paulo.

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