'We're not very good at soccer': gender, space and competence in a Victorian primary school

Spark, C, Porter, L and De Kleyn, L 2019, ''We're not very good at soccer': gender, space and competence in a Victorian primary school', Children's Geographies, vol. 17, no. 2, pp. 190-203.


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Title 'We're not very good at soccer': gender, space and competence in a Victorian primary school
Author(s) Spark, C
Porter, L
De Kleyn, L
Year 2019
Journal name Children's Geographies
Volume number 17
Issue number 2
Start page 190
End page 203
Total pages 14
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Abstract This paper draws on findings from a pilot project conducted at an inner city primary school in Melbourne, Australia. Inviting grade six girls and boys (aged eleven and twelve) to focus on spaces of their schoolground, we learned about the ways in which gender, age, ethnicity, language ability and sporting competence influenced active play and belonging. Informed by the understanding that schoolgrounds, gender and active play are socially constructed, and children are active agents in these constructions, the paper examines how girls and boys consider and negotiate spatial politics. The methods of participant-led photography, focus groups and thematic analysis, reveal how children understand gendered spatialities. A strong story emerged of girls' experience of exclusion from active play spaces in particular, providing a perspective on the spatial and social performance of gender. The findings highlight the value of integrating a spatial analysis of schoolgrounds - and the gendered dynamics therein-for health, education and equity programmes.
Subject Social and Cultural Geography
Keyword(s) Gender
performativity
schoolground
schoolyard
spatiality
DOI - identifier 10.1080/14733285.2018.1479513
Copyright notice © 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
ISSN 1473-3285
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