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Kick starting boys learning - issues in their education

Kick starting boys learning - issues in their education

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  • Wed 12 Aug ’09, 7:30pm – 9:00pm


The Parenting Place, 300 Great South Rd, Greenlane Show map


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Adult: $10.00

Are today’s boys and young men more destructive and out of control?
What can we do to ‘hook’ boys in to learning and raise their achievement?
Do we have different standards and expectations for boys and girls?

The workshop will answer these questions by examining a number of powerful ideas. These ideas impact on young males whether they are at preschool, primary, secondary, university or starting work.

Boys have wonderful qualities which need to be recognised and developed

· Boys require rules, responsibilities, consequences, challenges and expectations.
· School is wherever a boy can learn
· Movement and the outdoors are crucial in a boy’s learning and development
· The relationship between teacher and boy is a crucial factor for learning
· There are powerful influences (entertainment, role models) in our homes and communities that harm our boys.

Strategies will be presented from these ideas, which if implemented, could have a powerful effect on a boy’s attitude to learn, achieve and succeed within school and community.

Presenter: Michael Irwin
Michael Irwin has worked in education for over 35 years and takes the refreshing counter position that boys are generally fine and not inherently toxic creatures that need ‘fixing’. He is currently a senior lecturer in Education at Massey University in Auckland, and his doctoral thesis entitled Boys’ Perceptions of What Hinders or Enhances Their Education at Secondary School investigated the way we educate boys in New Zealand. He has worked in the Scouting movement for 20 years as a District Scouting Commissioner in the Waikato and has taken Scouts to the top of many New Zealand mountain ranges and canoed down a number of large rivers. Michael has attended educational research conferences in Australia, UK and Finland and presented research on aspects of boys’ education. He is the father of two thrill-seeking, speed-loving sons. Author of Educating Boys - Helping our boys to succeed at school - available from Parenting Place bookshop.

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