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Courtois, Aline – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2019
This article suggests that a process of de-academisation is discernible in the way the Erasmus year abroad is promoted, organised, supervised and evaluated. The article argues that rather than being a product of students' consumerist rationalities, this process is produced within the conditions of the managerialised and under-resourced university.…
Descriptors: Employment Potential, Study Abroad, Student Mobility, Universities
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Canny, Angela; Hamilton, Miriam – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2018
This article explores how a formal state examination system operates as a tool which enables the cultural reproduction of the middle classes in an increasingly market-driven education system in Ireland. It is based on a study of a group of final-year girls approaching the high-stakes terminal Leaving Certificate examination. The success of this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Advantaged, Middle Class Culture, Exit Examinations
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Finnegan, Fergal; Merrill, Barbara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
This article is based on a comparative study of working-class students' experiences in English and Irish higher education. It highlights the lack of comparative studies on this topic based on qualitative research and why filling this gap is important in understanding access and widening participation. Drawing on biographical interviews with 139…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Working Class, College Students, Student Experience
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Souto-Otero, Manuel; Whitworth, Adam – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
"Delayed participation" in higher education (HE) is an increasingly important feature of modern HE systems in many countries. Despite this, surprisingly little empirical research has been undertaken seeking to better understand levels of delayed adult participation in HE across Europe. The present article responds to this gap by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adult Students, Student Participation, Higher Education
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Coate, Kelly; Howson, Camille Kandiko – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2016
The continued gender imbalance in senior positions in higher education is a problem that persists despite decades of feminist research and publications in the area, as well as interventions in many countries to promote the advancement of women. In this article we view the issue of gender inequality through the lens of the prestige economy, which…
Descriptors: Reputation, Higher Education, Sex Fairness, College Faculty
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Courtois, Aline – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
This paper examines how Irish elite schools negotiate change and maintain their legitimacy in times of economic turmoil and rising social inequality. The paper argues that they have not bowed before the demands of democratisation or economic globalisation. Instead they continue to maintain a high level of social closure and control diversity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethics, Advantaged, Selective Admission
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Morrissey, John – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
Universities today inescapably find themselves part of nationally and globally competitive networks that appear firmly inflected by neoliberal concerns of rankings, benchmarking and productivity. This, of course, has in turn led to progressively anticipated and regulated forms of academic subjectivity that many fear are overly econo-centric in…
Descriptors: Self Concept, Neoliberalism, Interviews, Administrator Attitudes
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O'Donoghue, Mary – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2013
This article explores how a small sample of working-class mothers encounters the field of education. In the management of family and their children's schooling, mothers bring to bear and replicate ways of knowing that are embodied, are historical and that offer many-sided insights into profoundly stratified societies. Here I draw on Bourdieu's…
Descriptors: Working Class, Mothers, Social Theories, Parent Role
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Devine, Dympna – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2013
This paper explores the leadership practices of three principals following a period of intensive immigration in Ireland. Drawing on the work of Bourdieu, it conceptualises schools as structured social spaces and of their leadership work as a form of "practising". This practising is an outcome of the intersection between deeply embedded…
Descriptors: Student Diversity, Principals, Cultural Pluralism, Leadership Responsibility
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Ruairc, Gerry Mac – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
The prestige accorded to standard language varieties, particularly within the field of education, together with language management role of schools with respect to the variety and the extent to which linguistic differences construct discontinuous relationships between the school and specific social groups provide the rationale for this paper. This…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Social Class, Language Variation, Linguistics
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Keane, Elaine – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
This paper explores the social class-differentiated behaviours of access and traditional-entry students, based on a three-year constructivist grounded theory study with 45 undergraduates at an Irish university. The participant groups behaved significantly differently within the socio-relational realm, engaging in various forms of distancing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Grounded Theory, Constructivism (Learning)
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Devine, Dympna – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
This paper considers how first-generation immigrant children contribute to processes of capital accumulation through their negotiation and positioning in Irish schools. Drawing on the concepts of social and cultural capital, as well as inter-generational analyses of children's role in the structuring of everyday life, the paper highlights migrant…
Descriptors: Migrant Children, Immigrants, Cultural Capital, Social Capital
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O'Brien, Maeve – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This paper is concerned with the inequalities experienced by mothers in the performance of educational care work for their children. It is argued that the caring work carried out by mothers at transfer to second-level schooling is shaped by their ability to activate the significant resource of emotional capital; a gendered resource involving…
Descriptors: Mothers, Gender Issues, Social Bias, Parent Role
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Tormey, Roland – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
Much recent sociological work on education makes reference to gender, sexual, ethnic, local and political "project" identities, yet there remains a need to bring the nation, and the state, back in; to also question the way in which "national" identities are constructed in a context of globalisation and localisation. Through an…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Elementary Education, Global Approach, Nationalism
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Lynch, Kathleen; Moran, Marie – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
While economic capital is not synonymous with cultural, social or symbolic capital in either its constitutional or organizational form, it nevertheless remains the more flexible and convertible form of capital. The convertibility of economic capital has particular resonance within "Celtic Tiger" Ireland. The states reluctance to fully…
Descriptors: Economic Status, Foreign Countries, Free Enterprise System, Middle Class
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