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Professor Carolyn Jackson

Professor Carolyn Jackson

Professor

County South
Lancaster University
Bailrigg
Lancaster
United Kingdom
LA1 4YL


Tel: +44 1524 592883

Affiliations

Centre for Social Justice and Wellbeing in Education
Centre for Gender and Women's Studies
Psychology in Education (PinE)
Centre for Higher Education Research and Evaluation

My research explores aspects of gender and education. Questions I investigate include: how do learner and gender identities intersect? What motives 'laddish' behaviours? What are the advantages and disadvantages of single-sex and co-educational schools or classrooms? How do fears operate in education, and with what effects? Why is 'effortless achievement' so appealing, and is it gendered?

I have also undertaken research on the doctoral examination process, especially the viva.

 

PhD Supervision Interests

All aspects of gender and education. For example, single-sex and co-educational learning environments, girls' in- and out-of-school lives, concerns about boys' 'underachievement', constructions of gendered learner identities, gender and teacher identities, gender and the curriculum, gendered identities in Higher Education.
Social psychology of teaching and learning, especially motives for learning or not learning, fear of failure, how classroom environments and peers shape approaches to learning and learner identities.
Fear in education - the effects of fear onall aspectsof school and university life.

Research Interests

My research is guided by an overarching interest in gender issues in education, with particular interests in fears of failure, constructions and performances of 'laddish' masculinities and femininities, and single-sex and mixed-sex learning environments. I have undertaken various projects on boys' and girls' motives for 'laddish' behaviours in secondary schools, leading to several articles and a book - 'Lads' and 'Ladettes' in School: Gender and a Fear of Failure, published by Open University Press. This was awarded first prize for books published in 2006 by the Society for Educational Studies (SES). I edited a book (with Carrie Paechter and Emma Renold) entitled Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas, that was published in January 2010 by Open University Press. I am currently researching and publishing on fear in education, and also 'laddism' in higher education. I have just completed a project exploring 'laddism' among university sports science students funded by the Society for Educational Studies (with Steve Dempster, Lancaster University and Lucie Pollard, Greenwich). I am just commencing a project funded by the SRHE (with Vanita Sundaram, University of York) entitled 'Are 'lad cultures' a problem in Higher Education? Exploring the perspectives and responses of HEI Staff'.

I have also conducted research on the PhD examination process in Britain and published (with Penny Tinkler, 2004) The Doctoral Examination Process: A Guide for Students, Examiners and Supervisors (Open University Press).

 

Watch a video (Carolyn Jackson talks about single-sex schools and her research interests)

Watch a video (Carolyn Jackson talks about single-sex classes in co-educational schools)

Watch Carolyn's seminar at the University of Sussex on 27thJanuary 2014 entitled ‘They just don't seem to really care, they just think it's cool to sit there and talk': Laddism in Higher Education.

 

 

Current Teaching

I am Programme Director of our online, part-time PhD Programme in Education and Social Justice. On that programme I teach a module entitled Promoting Social Justice through Education. 

 

I also teach on gender and education at undergraduate level.

In Press

2014

The past in the present: historicising contemporary debates about gender and education

Tinkler, P. & Jackson, C. 2014 In: Gender and Education Journal. 26, 1, p. 70-86 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2013

Fear in and about education

Jackson, C. 2013 Contemporary debates in the sociology of education. Brooks, R., Bhopal, K. & McCormack, M. H. (eds.). Basingstoke: Palgrave-Macmillan, p. 185-201 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A qualitative approach to intergroup relations: exploring the applicability of the Social Identity Approach to 'messy' school contexts

Jackson, C. & Sherriff, N. 2013 In: Qualitative Research in Psychology. 10, 3, p. 259-273 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2010

'I've been sort of laddish with them … one of the gang': teachers' perceptions of 'laddish' boys and how to deal with them.

Jackson, C. 09/2010 In: Gender and Education. 22, 5, p. 505-519 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Fear in Education

Jackson, C. 2010 In: Educational Review. 62, 1, p. 39-52 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas

Jackson, C., Paechter, C., Renold, E., Jackson, C. (ed.), Paechter, C. (ed.) & Renold, E. (ed.) 2010 Maidenhead: Open University. 256 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

Demanding time: balancing school and out-of-school demands.

Jackson, C. 2010 Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. Jackson, C., Paechter, C. & Renold, E. (eds.). Maidenhead: Open University, 256 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2009

Single Sex Schools.

Jackson, C. 2009 The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Shweder, R., Bidell, T. R., Dailey, A. C., Dixon, S. D. & Miller, P. J. (eds.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1105 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2008

The viva.

Tinkler, P. & Jackson, C. 2008 The postgraduate's companion. Hall, G. & Longman, J. (eds.). London: Sage, p. 369-384 16 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

2007

'Ladettes' and 'Modern Girls': 'troublesome' young femininities.

Jackson, C. & Tinkler, P. 05/2007 In: The Sociological Review. 55, 2, p. 251-272 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The doctoral viva.

Jackson, C. & Tinkler, P. 2007 Como fazer um doutoramento: Desafios às universidades, práticas pessoais e organização dos tempos [How to do a PhD: Challenges to universities, personal practices and time management].. Araujo, E. R. & Bento, S. C. (eds.). Porto: Edicoes Ecopy, p. 113-143 31 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

A Guide for internal and external doctoral examiners.

Jackson, C., Tinkler, P. & Denicolo, P. (ed.) 2007 London: Society for Research into Higher Education. 36 p. (Issues in postgraduate education: management, teaching and supervision).

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2006

Wild' girls? An exploration of 'ladette' cultures in secondary schools.

Jackson, C. 1/07/2006 In: Gender and Education Journal. 18, 4, p. 339-360 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Lads' and 'ladettes' in school: Gender and a fear of failure.

Jackson, C. 2006 Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2005

Gender and school choice: factors influencing parents when choosing single-sex or co-educational independent schools for their children

Jackson, C. & Bisset, M. 2005 In: Cambridge Journal of Education. 35, 2, p. 195-211 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2004

Ways of understanding motivation

Galloway, D., Rogers, C., Armstrong, D., Leo, E. & Jackson, C. 2004 The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Psychology of Education. Daniels, H. & Edwards, A. (eds.). London: Routledge/Falmer, p. 89-105 17 p.

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The doctoral examination process: a handbook for students, examiners and supervisors.

Tinkler, P. & Jackson, C. 2004 Maidenhead: Open University in association with the Society for Research into Higher Education. 228 p.

Research output: Book/Report/ProceedingsBook

2003

Motives for 'Laddishness' at school: Fear of failure and fear of the 'feminine'.

Jackson, C. 1/08/2003 In: British Educational Research Journal. 29, 4, p. 583-598 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Transitions into higher education: gendered implications for academic self-concept.

Jackson, C. 09/2003 In: Oxford Review of Education. 29, 3, p. 331-346 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2002

Can single-sex classes in co-educational schools enhance the learning experiences of girls and/or boys? An exploration of pupils' perceptions.

Jackson, C. 1/01/2002 In: British Educational Research Journal. 28, 1, p. 37-48 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

In the dark? Preparing for the PhD viva.

Jackson, C. & Tinkler, P. 2002 In: Quality Assurance in Education. 10, 2, p. 86-97 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

'Laddishness' as a Self-worth Protection Strategy.

Jackson, C. 2002 In: Gender and Education. 14, 1, p. 37-50 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2001

The Ph.D.: gender dimensions and feminist issues.

Leonard, D., Jackson, C., Tinkler, P. & David, M. 2001 Proceedings of a conference: Politics of gender and education. London: Institute of Education

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

Back to basics: a consideration of the purposes of the Ph.D. viva.

Jackson, C. & Tinkler, P. 2001 In: Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 26, 4, p. 355-366 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

2000

Examining the Doctorate: institutional policy and the PhD examination process in Britain.

Tinkler, P. & Jackson, C. 2000 In: Studies in Highter Education. 25, 2, p. 167-180 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

The PhD examination: an exercise in community building and gatekeeping.

Jackson, C. 2000 Higher education and its communities. McNay, I. (ed.). Buckingham: Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press, p. 38-50 13 p. (Society for Research into Higher Education [monographic series]).

Research output: Contribution in Book/Report/ProceedingsChapter

The importance of gender as an aspect of identity at key transition points in compulsory education.

Jackson, C. & Warin, J. 06/2000 In: British Educational Research Journal. 26, 3, p. 375-391 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

Poles apart?: an exploration of single-sex educational environments in Australia and England.

Jackson, C. & Smith, I. D. 12/2000 In: Educational Studies. 26, 4, p. 409-422 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

1999

Underachieving’ boys? Some points for consideration.

Jackson, C. 1999 In: Curriculum. 20, 2, p. 80-85 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal article

  • Are" lad" cultures a problem in higher education

    01/01/2014 →
    Aims: to explore the ‘lad cultures’ in higher education (H.E.) from the perspectives of a variety of staff across six universities. Objectives: 1) To explore and analyse if and how lad cult ... Read more»
  • Laddism in Higher Education

    01/09/2011 →
    This project runs between September 2011 and October 2012 and is funded by the Society for Educational Studies. Aims and Research Questions Drawing on a combination of gender theory, and social ... Read more»

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