Why are boys faltering in school? An international perspective
Andrew Penner

About the research


NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship

Award Year



University of California, Irvine

Primary Discipline

In 2009 boys were 30 percent more likely to drop out of high school than girls, and girls received 57 percent of college degrees (Snyder & Dillow 2011). The Department of Education forecasts that growth in women’s educational attainment will continue to outpace men’s, so that increasingly the problem of ensuring that we are fully developing our nation’s human capital will be an issue of making sure that boys, as well as girls, are not being left behind. To address the growing disadvantages faced by boys in school, this project will provide an international perspective on this issue. Specifically, this project will capitalize on cross-national variation in gender regimes to investigate how gender shapes boys’ educational disadvantages and interacts with micro-level mechanisms to contribute to boys’ academic disengagement.
About Andrew Penner

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