My areas of research include gender issues in education; adolescent boys' and girls' perspectives on gender, curriculum participation and school; boys' education; masculinities and schooling; male teachers and male teacher shortage in schools; feminist, queer and critical pedagogies; boys and literacy; bullying and safe schools; anti-racist and anti-oppressive education; addressing homophobia in schools; documenting the perspectives of minority students and teachers in schools; queer, feminist and postcolonial theories in education; gender reform in schools; the impact of single sex schooling; boys' under-achievement in schools; qualitative studies in education.
I have conducted major research projects which document the perspectives of principals, teachers, students and parents on gender and pedagogical reform initiatives in schools. For more on this, go to:
I am currently working on a SSHRC funded research project with Goli Rezai-Rashti on the influence of male elementary school teachers as role models.
Martino, W., Kehler, M. & Weaver-Hightower, M. (in press, 2009) (Eds) The Problem with Boys' Education: Beyond the Backlash (New York: Routledge)
Lingard, B., Martino, W. & Mills, M. (2009) Boys and Schooling: Beyond Structural Reform (London & New York: Palgrave)
Kendall, C. & Martino, W. (Eds.) (2006) Gendered Outcast Sexual Outlaws. (New York: Haworth Press/Routledge).
Martino, W. & Pallotta-Chiarolli, M. (2005). 'Being normal is the only thing to be': Boys and Girls' perspectives on school, (Sydney, Australia: University of New South Wales Pres)
Martino, W. & Pallotta-Chiarolli, M. (2003). So what's a boy? Addressing issues of masculinity and schooling (Maidenhead, UK: Open University Press). [Translated into Spanish, 2006, Pero, que es un chico? Aproximacion a la masculinidad en contextos escolares, Barcelona:Octaedro]
Martino, W. & Mellor, B. (2000) Gendered Fictions. Urbana, Illinois: National Council of Teachers of English.
Martino, W. & Cook, C. (Eds.) (1998) Gender and Texts: A Professional Development Package for English Teachers. Adelaide: Australian Association for the Teaching of English.
Martino, W. (in press, 2009) Male teachers and queer masculinities in education. In Rodriquez, N. & Pinar, B. (Eds.), Queer Masculinities: A critical reader in Education.
Martino, W. (in press, 2008) The Lure of Hegemonic Masculinity: Investigating the dynamics of gender relations in male elementary school teachers' lives, International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education.
Martino, W. & Rezai-Rashti, G. (2008) The politics of veiling, gender and the Muslim subject: On the limits and possibilities of anti-racist education in the aftermath of September 11, Discourse 29 (3): 417-431.
Martino, W. (2008) Male Teachers as Role Models: Addressing issues of masculinity, pedagogy and the re-masculinization of schooling, Curriculum Inquiry 38 (2), 189-223.
Martino, W. (2009) Literacy Issues and GLBTQ Youth: Queer Interventions in English Education. In Christenbury, L., Bomer, R. & Smagorinsky, P. (Eds), Handbook of Adolescent Literacy Research, Guildford Press (pp. 386-399).
Martino, W. (2008) Gendered and Queer Bodies in the Academy: Pedagogical Considerations, in S. Acker, K. Mayuzumi & A. Wagner (Eds) The Academy as a Contested Site, Toronto: Sumach Press.
Martino, W. & Kehler, M. (2007) Gender-Based Literacy Reform: A question of challenging or recuperating gender binaries, Canadian Journal of Education 30 (2): 406-431.
Martino, W. & Kehler, M. (2007) Gender-Based Literacy Reform: A question of challenging or recuperating gender binaries, Canadian Journal of Education 30 (2): 1-26.
Kehler, M. & Martino, W. (2007) Questioning masculinity in schools: Boys' capacities for self-problematization, Canadian Journal of Education 30 (1): 90-112.
Charlton, E., Mills, M., Martino, W. & Beckett, L. (2007) Sacrificial Girls: A case study of the impact of streaming and setting on gender reform, British Journal of Educational Research, 33(4), 459-478.
Mills, M., Martino, W., Lingard, B. (2007) Getting boys' education 'right': the Australian Government's Parliamentary Inquiry Report as an exemplary instance of recuperative masculinity politics, British Journal of Sociology of Education 28 (1), 5-21.
Martino, W. (2007) Training to be an English Teacher: Negotiating Gendered Subjectivities and the Gendered Curriculum as Inter-Linked Cultural Processes, in C. B. Knights (ed) Masculinities in Text and Teaching, Basingtroke, Hampshire, UK: Palgrave Macmillan.
Martino, W. (2007) Chapter 26, The Right Way to Educate Boys, in Christine Skelton, Becky Francis & Lisa Smulyan (eds) Sage Handbook: Gender and Education (Thousand Oaks: Sage).
Martino, W. & Pallotta-Chiarolli, M. (2007) Gender and Schooling: Adolescent boys' and girls' perspectives and experiences, in Thiessen, D. & Cook-Sather, A. (eds) International Handbook of Student Experience in Elementary and Secondary School (Dortrecht: Kluwer)
Martino, W. & Kehler, M. (2006) Male Teachers and the 'Boy Problem': An Issue of Recuperative Masculinity Politics, McGill Journal of Education 41 (2): 1-19.
Martino, W. & Frank, B. (2006) 'The Tyranny of Surveillance': Male teachers and the policing of masculinities in a single sex school, Gender and Education 18 (1): 17-33.
Martino, W., Mills, M. & Lingard, B. (2005) Interrogating single-sex classes as a strategy for addressing boys' educational and social needs, Oxford Review of Education 31 (2): 237-254.
Martino, W., Lingard, B. & Mills, M. (2004) Issues in Boys' Education: a question of teacher threshold knowledges?, Gender and Education 16 (4): 435-454.
Mills, M., Martino, W. & Lingard, B. (2004) Issues in the male teacher debate: Masculinities, misogyny and homophobia, The British Journal of the Sociology of Education, 25 (3): 355-369.
Martino, W. & Beckett, L. (2004) Schooling the Gendered Body in Health and Physical Education: Interrogating teachers' perspectives. Sport, Education & Society 9 (2): 239-251.
Martino, W. & Pallottta-Chiarolli, M. (2004) 'Men are tougher, bigger, and they don't act real girlie': Indigenous boys defining and interrogating masculinities', Balayi.
Martino, W. (2003) Boys, masculinities and schooling: addressing the issues, Australian Journal of Language and Literacy 26 (3), pp 9-27.
Martino, W. (2003) "We just get really fired up": Indigenous Boys, Masculinities and Schooling, Discourse 24 (2): 158-172.
Martino, W. & Berrill, D. (2003) Boys, Schooling and masculinities: interrogating the 'Right' way to educate boys, Education Review 55 (2), pp 99-117.
Martino, W. & Meyenn, B. (2002) 'War, guns and cool, tough things': Interrogating single-sex classes as a strategy for engaging boys in English, Cambridge Journal of Education, 32 (3), pp. 303-324.
Martino, W. (2000). Policing Masculinities: Investigating the role of homophobia and heteronormativity in the lives of adolescent boys at school, The Journal of Men's Studies 8(2), 213- 236.
Martino, W. (1999). 'Cool boys', 'party animals', 'squids' and 'poofters': Interrogating the dynamics and politics of adolescent masculinities in school, The British Journal of the Sociology of Education 20 (2), 239-263.
Martino, W. (1998) 'Dickheads', 'poofs', 'try-hards' and 'losers: Critical literacy for boys in the English classroom, English in Aotearoa (New Zealand Journal for Teachers of English) 35: 31-57.