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Clegg, Sue – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper explores some of the unresolved tensions in higher education systems and the contradiction between widening participation and the consolidation of social position. It shows how concepts of capital derived from Bourdieu, Coleman and Putnam provide a powerful basis for critique, but risk a deficit view of students from less privileged…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Public Policy, Cultural Capital, Criticism
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Clegg, Sue; Rowland, Stephen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
The paper presents the argument that kindness in teaching is both commonplace yet unremarked and that, moreover, it is subversive of neo-liberal values. In arguing for the value of attending to kindness, we reject the dichotomy between emotion and reason and the associated gendered binaries. We distinguish kindness from "due care" and acts that…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Altruism, Values, Educational Anthropology
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Clegg, Sue; Flint, Abbi – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
This paper argues that the recent debate about plagiarism has taken on aspects of a moral panic, which reflects underlying anxieties about the state of higher education in the United Kingdom. In contrast to the moral absolutism of some commentators, we argue for the significance of posing the phenomenological question of "what is plagiarism…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Debate, Plagiarism, Anxiety
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Clegg, Sue – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
The paper argues that a critical realist perspective can contribute to a critique of evidence-based practice, while at the same time not abandoning the idea of evidence altogether. The paper is structured around a number of related themes: the sociopolitics of "evidence-based"; epistemological roots and a critical realist critique; the debate in…
Descriptors: Professional Autonomy, Educational Research, Epistemology, Teaching Methods