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Maguire, Meg; Braun, Annette; Ball, Stephen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2018
This article draws on case studies of four English schools to explore some of the ways in which trade union representatives in these schools see their roles and the role of their unions in relation to how policy gets done in their schools. The article attempts two things. First, it details and describes some discomforts, oppositions and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Unions, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Braun, Annette – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper considers the psychic and social dynamics reported by student teachers when learning to embody their teacher persona in the secondary school environment. Focusing on gender dimensions of embodiment and drawing on qualitative interview data from a UK study of postgraduate teacher-training students, teaching is examined as a physical…
Descriptors: Student Teachers, Professional Occupations, Sexuality, Educational Environment
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Maguire, Meg; Perryman, Jane; Ball, Stephen; Braun, Annette – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
In this paper we describe some of the complexities involved in the construction of a sample of "ordinary" schools. We outline the policy context in England that produces pressures to resist "ordinariness". The paper then explores two theoretical tools, fabrication and rhetoric, that are deployed in an analysis of some key…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary Schools, School Effectiveness, Competition
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Vincent, Carol; Ball, Stephen J.; Braun, Annette – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
The paper draws on an ESRC-funded study of 70 families in two London locations. It focuses on a set of contemporary and contradictory political discourses that work on and through the lives of working-class mothers and thereby create tensions and impossibilities within their lives. We illustrate the ways in which these women are positioned by and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Employed Women, Mothers, Working Class