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Mills, Carmen; Gale, Trevor; Parker, Stephen; Smith, Catherine; Cross, Russell – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
This article advances current conceptions of teacher activism through an exploration of the social justice dispositions of teachers in advantaged and disadvantaged contexts of schooling. We interrogate the practices of teachers in a government school, with a high proportion of refugee students and students from low socio-economic backgrounds, in a…
Descriptors: Activism, Social Justice, Public Schools, Refugees
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Mills, Carmen; Molla, Tebeje; Gale, Trevor; Cross, Russell; Parker, Stephen; Smith, Catherine – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
This article investigates the social justice dispositions of teachers and principals in secondary schools as inferred from their metaphoric expressions. Drawing on a Bourdieuian account of disposition, our focus is the use of metaphor as a methodological tool to identify and reveal these otherwise latent forces within our data. Our analysis shows…
Descriptors: Figurative Language, Social Justice, Secondary School Teachers, Teacher Characteristics
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Mills, Carmen; Gale, Trevor – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
One popular view of student achievement is that the quality of teaching students receive plays an important part in whether or not they do well at school. In this article we draw attention to "context" as a complementary explanation, particularly regarding achievement differences between students from different socio-economic…
Descriptors: Underachievement, Academic Achievement, Educational Quality, Socioeconomic Background
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Mills, Carmen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This article is concerned with the theoretical constructs of Bourdieu and their contribution to understanding the reproduction of social and cultural inequalities in schooling. While Bourdieu has been criticised for his reproductive emphasis, this article proposes that there is transformative potential in his theoretical constructs and that these…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Students