Gendered Interest and Ability: An Inquiry into Subject Choice of Senior High School Students
This article is to inquire the choice made by senior high school students about the major subject area， particularly focusing on how gender influences their choice. A co-educational public high school in the southern part of Taiwan was selected and one class for each major participated. Focus group interviews were conducted and data were analyzed， interpreted and discussed. This article argues that choosing the major subject area in the senior high school stage serves as a mechanism of gender regime in schools. The choice appears as if one exercised one’s own free will in accordance with their interest and ability. Indeed， it reflects the gender relations in society at large. Senior high school students dichotomize subjects/knowledge into a hierarchal order and， through the discourse that boys are good at science and girls are good at literature， construct the gender relations of knowledge. Implications for research and practice in the field of gender equity education are drawn.
|關鍵詞||性別關係、性別政權、性別教育、高中學生、類組選擇、Gender relations、Gender regime、Gender education、Senior high school students、Subject choice|