Professor Carolyn Jackson


Research Overview

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.

Affective dimensions of learning
Jackson, C. 12/09/2015 In: Sage handbook of learning. London : Sage ISBN: 9781446287569.

'Smart students get perfect scores in tests without studying much': why is an effortless achiever identity attractive, and for whom is it possible?
Jackson, C., Nyström, A. 2015 In: Research Papers in Education. 30, 4, p. 393-410. 18 p.
Journal article

‘They just don’t seem to really care, they just think it’s cool to sit there and talk’: laddism in university teaching-learning contexts
Jackson, C., Dempster, S., Pollard, L. 2015 In: Educational Review. 67, 3, p. 300-314. 15 p.
Journal article

Degrees of laddishness: laddism in higher education
Dempster, S., Jackson, C. 2014
Conference paper

Single-sex classes in science
Jackson, C. 2014 In: Encyclopedia of science education . Springer Netherlands 2 p.
Entry for encyclopedia/dictionary

The past in the present: historicising contemporary debates about gender and education
Tinkler, P., Jackson, C. 2014 In: Gender and Education. 26, 1, p. 70-86. 17 p.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

Fear in and about education
Jackson, C. 2013 In: Contemporary debates in the sociology of education. Basingstoke : Palgrave-Macmillan p. 185-201. 16 p. ISBN: 9781137269874.

'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.
Journal article

Demanding time: balancing school and out-of-school demands.
Jackson, C. 2010 In: Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas. Maidenhead : Open University 256 p. ISBN: 033523562X.

Fear in Education
Jackson, C. 2010 In: Educational Review. 62, 1, p. 39-52. 14 p.
Journal article

Girls and Education 3-16: Continuing Concerns, New Agendas
Jackson, C., Paechter, C., Renold, E., Jackson, C., Paechter, C., Renold, E. 2010 Maidenhead : Open University. 256 p. ISBN: 033523562X.

'I sat back on my computer . . . with a bottle of whisky next to me': constructing 'cool' masculinity through 'effortless' achievement in secondary and higher education
Jackson, C., Dempster, S. 2009 In: Journal of Gender Studies. 18, 4, p. 341-356.
Journal article

Single Sex Schools.
Jackson, C. 2009 In: The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. Chicago : University of Chicago Press 1105 p. ISBN: 9780226475394.

The viva.
Tinkler, P., Jackson, C. 2008 In: The postgraduate's companion. London : Sage p. 369-384. 16 p. ISBN: 141293026X.

'Ladettes' and 'Modern Girls': 'troublesome' young femininities.
Jackson, C., Tinkler, P. 05/2007 In: The Sociological Review. 55, 2, p. 251-272. 22 p.
Journal article

A Guide for internal and external doctoral examiners.
Jackson, C., Tinkler, P., Denicolo, P. 2007 London : Society for Research into Higher Education. 36 p.

The doctoral viva.
Jackson, C., Tinkler, P. 2007 In: 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].. Porto : Edicoes Ecopy p. 113-143. 31 p.

Wild' girls? An exploration of 'ladette' cultures in secondary schools.
Jackson, C. 1/07/2006 In: Gender and Education. 18, 4, p. 339-360. 22 p.
Journal article

'Lads' and 'ladettes' in school: Gender and a fear of failure.
Jackson, C. 2006 Maidenhead : Open University Press. ISBN: 0335217710.

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.
Journal article

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. ISBN: 0335213057 (pbk.) 0335213065 (hbk.).

Ways of understanding motivation
Galloway, D., Rogers, C., Armstrong, D., Leo, E., Jackson, C. 2004 In: The RoutledgeFalmer Reader in Psychology of Education. London : Routledge/Falmer p. 89-105. 17 p. ISBN: 0415327695 .

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

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.
Journal article

'Laddishness' as a Self-worth Protection Strategy.
Jackson, C. 2002 In: Gender and Education. 14, 1, p. 37-50. 14 p.
Journal 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.
Journal article

Back to basics : a consideration of the purposes of the Ph.D. viva.
Jackson, C., Tinkler, P. 2001 In: Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education. 26, 4, p. 355-366. 12 p.
Journal article

The Ph.D. : gender dimensions and feminist issues.
Leonard, D., Jackson, C., Tinkler, P., David, M. 2001 In: Proceedings of a conference : Politics of gender and education. London : Institute of Education

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.
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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.
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Examining the Doctorate: institutional policy and the PhD examination process in Britain.
Tinkler, P., Jackson, C. 2000 In: Studies in Higher Education. 25, 2, p. 167-180. 14 p.
Journal article

The PhD examination: an exercise in community building and gatekeeping.
Jackson, C. 2000 In: Higher education and its communities. Buckingham : Society for Research into Higher Education and Open University Press p. 38-50. 13 p. ISBN: 0335207340.

Underachieving’ boys? Some points for consideration.
Jackson, C. 1999 In: Curriculum. 20, 2, p. 80-85. 6 p.
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