Handicrafts 1, no date. Photographer unknown. Public Record Office Victoria, VPRS 14514 P1 Unit 20

Handicrafts 1, no date. Photographer unknown. Public Record Office Victoria, VPRS 14514 P1 Unit 20

Gender & Schooling

Concerns about gender and schooling go in and out of policy favour, as if the issue disappears, or re-appears in different guises. There are equally important questions about the language and concepts engaged to understand the multi-dimensional aspects of schooling and ‘gender’ – as relations, as identity/subjectivity, as a policy category of inequality and disadvantage, as a site of socio-structural contestation, and entangled in material and affective practices, for example. Julie has been involved in a number of projects that address these matters, including commissioned policy research documenting gender-based differences in educational performance and outcomes, policy analysis, and historically informed studies of contemporary theoretical agendas.


Associated publications

McLeod, Julie (2018) ‘Belonging as pedagogical, practical and political’, in Christine Halse (ed) Interrogating belonging of young People in schools. Palgrave, London, 367–380. 

McLeod, Julie (2018) ‘The movement of feminist and gender history in educational research’. Invited lead article in special section on ‘Revolutionizing, reforming, or differentiating(education) research? Trend, fad or innovation: the example of feminist and gender research agendas in the history of education’, International Journal for the Historiography of Education, vol.8, no.1, 66–74.

McLeod, Julie (2018) ‘The social life and times of emotions’. Invited presentation, Doing gender workshop, Deakin University, Melbourne, 13 August.

McLeod, Julie (2017) ‘Reframing responsibility in an era of responsibilisation: education, feminist ethics and an “idiom of care”’, Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol.38, no.1, 43–56.

McLeod, Julie (2017) ‘The administration of feminism in education: revisiting and remembering narratives of gender equity and identity’, Journal of Educational Administration and History, vol.49, no.4, 283–300.

McLeod, Julie (2015) ‘Gender identity, intergenerational dynamics and educational aspirations: young women’s hopes for the future’, in Johanna Wyn and Helen Cahill (eds) Handbook of children and youth studies. Springer, Singapore, 315–327.

McLeod, Julie (2014) ‘Gender and education’, in D. C. Philips (ed) Encyclopedia of educational theory and philosophy, Volume 1. Sage Publications, Los Angeles & Seven Oaks, CA., 347–350.

McLeod, Julie (2013) ‘History, place and generation: working in gender and education from Australia, in M. Weaver-Hightower and C. Skelton (eds) Leaders in gender and education: intellectual self-portraits, Sense Publishers, Rotterdam, 179–192.

Dillabough, Jo-Anne, McLeod, Julie and Mills, Martin (2008) ‘In search of allies and others: “troubling” gender and education’, Special issue of Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, vol.29, no.3, 301–10.

McLeod, Julie (2006) ‘Citizenship, schooling and the sex role in Australia: making up students for the future’, in T.S. Popkewitz, K. Petersson and U. Olssen (eds) The future is not what it appears to be, Stockholm, University of Stockholm Press, 220–241.

McLeod, Julie (2005) ‘Feminists re-reading Bourdieu: old debates and new questions about gender habitus and gender change’, Theory and Research in Education, vol.3, no.1, 11–30.

McLeod, Julie (2004) ‘Neo-liberal agendas and gender equity: from social justice to individual performance’, Redress: Journal of the Association of Women Educators, December, vol. 13, no. 3, 10–15.

Collins, Cherry, Kenway, Jane and McLeod, Julie (2000) Factors influencing the educational performance of males and females at school and their initial destinations after leaving school, Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Australian Government Publishing Service, Canberra.

Collins, Cherry, Kenway, Jane and McLeod, Julie (2000) ‘Gender debates that still have to happen’, Australian Educational Researcher, vol.27, no.3, December, 37–48.