Peer-Reviewed Journal Details
Mandatory Fields
McCoy, S;Byrne, D;Banks, J
2012
March
Child Indicators Research
Too Much of a Good Thing? Gender, 'Concerted Cultivation' and Unequal Achievement in Primary Education
Published
17 ()
Optional Fields
EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES CARE WORK SCHOOL PARTICIPATION ATTAINMENT FAMILIES CHILDREN IRELAND WELL
5
155
178
It is well established that cultural and economic resources imparted to children vary significantly by social class. Literature on concerted cultivation has highlighted the way out-of-school activities can reproduce social inequalities in the classroom. Within this literature however, little attention has been given to the role of gender in concerted cultivation. In this paper, we use data from the first wave of the Growing Up in Ireland longitudinal study to consider how both social class and gender influence the out-of-school activities of children. Moreover, we examine how out-of-school activities, class and gender impact on children's school engagement and academic achievement. We find that while childrearing logics tend to operate within social class categories, there is an additional cultural aspect of gender in the uptake of different types of out-of-school activities. Our findings suggest the need to move beyond explanations of concerted cultivation to explain gender differences in mathematics and reading attainment.
DORDRECHT
1874-897X
10.1007/s12187-011-9118-2
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