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Lemistre, Philippe; Ménard, Boris – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
We bring together the theories of Bourdieu and Sen in order to understand the processes that influence the study paths chosen by young people with a general degree from a science university in France. The weighting of economic and cultural capital within study options taken in secondary education and during the premier cycle (the first three years…
Descriptors: Science Education, College Graduates, Cultural Capital, Foreign Countries
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Welply, Oakleigh – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
This article draws together a comparative sociological analysis and a political theory perspective to interpret children's views on the role of school and being a pupil, and what these tell us about their conceptual representations of citizenship and belonging in France and England. The article presents research findings from a cross-national…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Political Attitudes, Citizenship, Cross Cultural Studies
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Bodin, Romuald; Orange, Sophie – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2018
Drawing on Bourdieu's theory and using Durkheim's concepts of "social fact" and "regulation", this article examines the place held by public universities within the French higher education (HE) system, breaking with the purely bureaucratic vision prevailing in France today. By setting aside some of the main received ideas about…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Dropout Rate, School Holding Power
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Bodovski, Katerina; Jeon, Haram; Byun, Soo-yong – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
Using the 2000 and 2009 waves of Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) data, we examined the relationships between family socio-economic status (SES), cultural capital, and reading achievement among students in five post-socialist Eastern European countries while comparing the findings with three Western bench-marking countries.…
Descriptors: Cultural Capital, Academic Achievement, Reading Achievement, Correlation
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Brown, Phillip; Power, Sally; Tholen, Gerbrand; Allouch, Annabelle – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2016
This article examines student accounts of credentials, talent and academic success, against a backdrop of the enduring liberal ideal of an education-based meritocracy. The article also examines Bourdieu's account of academic qualifications as the dominant source of institutionalised cultural capital, and concludes that it does not adequately…
Descriptors: Credentials, Cultural Capital, Competition, Selective Admission
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van Zanten, Agnès; Maxwell, Claire – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
Employing a Weberian understanding of the centrality of a strong bureaucracy in the modern nation-state, this article examines the relationship between the state and elite education in France. Through a historical analysis and an examination of two current issues facing education--widening participation and pressures to internationalise--we…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Selective Admission, Correlation, Government School Relationship
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Stevanovic, Biljana – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2014
Based on surveys undertaken by the Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques (France's National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies) and by the Direction de l'évaluation de la prospective et de la performance (Directorate of Evaluation, Forecasting and Performance), this article examines the evolution of female student…
Descriptors: Secondary School Students, College Students, Females, Enrollment Trends
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Jones, Ken – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2012
In this article, the author explores these questions--from what position, with what focus, and through what methods can a history be produced that is sensible of the conflicts and passions of its own time, and that can illuminate those of the past?--estimating that the books under review in several ways invite such a demanding reading. Gary…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational History, Values, Social Systems
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Boado, Hector Cebolla – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper explores the prospective transition of immigrant and native students in France from lower to upper secondary school. Because they are more likely to be tracked to less prestigious (vocational) tracks, immigrant and immigrant-origin students are significantly disadvantaged at this key academic stage in comparison with the children of…
Descriptors: Evidence, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Immigrants
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Draelants, Hugues; Darchy-Koechlin, Brigitte – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This article starts from the puzzle that although French elite institutions enjoy extremely positive and attractive images, students from these schools generally choose to conceal their academic pedigree in their daily interactions. We show that, in a context of growing inequalities of access to "grandes ecoles," the strategy of hiding…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Reputation, College Graduates
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Gorard, Stephen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper uses reports from 13,000 Grade Nine pupils in five countries to examine issues such as whether they were treated fairly at school, trust their teachers and adults in wider society, are willing to sacrifice teacher attention to help others, and support the cultural integration of recent immigrants. Using such reports as…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 9, Adolescent Attitudes, Justice
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Poulet, Celia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
The increasing opening of French freemasonry to lower social classes raises the question of how individuals from different social backgrounds can be assimilated into the practice of context-independent ways of speaking and writing. I address these issues by, first, describing a selection by existing members based on the dispositions already…
Descriptors: Apprenticeships, Logical Thinking, Cognitive Development, Working Class
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Simpson, Murray K. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
In constructing a framework for the participation and inclusion in political life of subjects, the Enlightenment also produced a series of systematic exclusions for those who did not qualify: including "idiots" and "primitive races". "Idiocy" emerged as part of wider strategies of governance in Europe and its…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Learning Disabilities, Citizenship, Foreign Policy
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Duru-Bellat, Marie – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Summarizes a longitudinal study that identifies a variety of mechanisms within the French school system that continue to generate social inequalities. These mechanisms include school status, parental choice, and economic status. Briefly reviews social inequality and French educational policy. (MJP)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Policy, Educational Status Comparison, Foreign Countries
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Dickinson, Hilary; Erben, Michael – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1982
Examines how the results of Claude Grignon's empirical study of technical education in France might apply to British further education curricula. The impact of the French-style technical school education on social control and student world views is discussed. (AM)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Postsecondary Education, Technical Education