(Mis)Representing underachievement: A rejoinder to Gorard and Smith

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This article provides a brief rejoinder to Gorard and Smith's reply to an article I published in a previous issue of British Journal of Sociology of Education. In that original article I provided a critical review of their quantitative research on gender and education in the United Kingdom. In their reply to this article, Gorard and Smith seem to agree with many of the points I made. However, they appear to be particularly perplexed by why I had written this review given that they feel they have already addressed most of my points elsewhere. In this brief rejoinder I explain very clearly my motivations for writing my original article and refer readers to a more detailed and comprehensive paper where I have responded fully to each and every point raised by Gorard and Smith.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)715-717
Number of pages3
JournalBritish Journal of Sociology of Education
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished (in print/issue) - 1 Nov 2008


  • Achievement
  • Educational research
  • Gender
  • Quantitative methods
  • Statistics


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