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Hoadley, Ursula; Galant, Jaamia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2016
Drawing on Bernstein's notion of pedagogic culture or the "mode of being" of the school, this paper develops and uses a theoretical framework for the analysis of school organization that draws attention to specialization of instructional practice. An understanding of the ordering principles of the school emerges from the analysis,…
Descriptors: Specialization, School Organization, Investigations, Educational Practices
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Kenway, Jane; Fahey, Johannah – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
Privileged benefaction in elite schools and the moral dilemmas, contradictions and power politics involved are the focus of this paper. The notion of "the gift" provides our analytical lens. We concentrate on two girls' schools--one in South Africa and one in England. These were both built, in various ways, on the British model of public…
Descriptors: Advantaged, Selective Admission, Females, Single Sex Schools
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Kloot, Bruce Charles – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
This paper provides a history of academic development by examining how a South African institution coped with the potent social forces confronting it before the collapse of apartheid. Theoretically, it draws on the framework of Pierre Bourdieu and engages with a paper written a decade ago by Naidoo, who also used Bourdieu to understand…
Descriptors: Educational Development, Social Capital, Institutional Autonomy, Educational Change
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Breier, Mignonne; Ralphs, Alan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
This article argues that greater understanding of the Aristotelian concept of "phronesis" or practical wisdom would make an important contribution to the conceptualization and implementation of Recognition (Assessment) of Prior Learning (RPL/APL) in formal education contexts. However, there is a need to identify "phronesis"…
Descriptors: Prior Learning, Experiential Learning, Recognition (Achievement), Adult Education
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Bhana, Deevia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
Drawing on data derived from two socially contrasting primary schools in Durban, this paper focuses on how gender and sexuality feature in the teaching and discussion of HIV/AIDS. A detailed analysis of two "life-skills" lessons in the two schools shows that, despite the social differences between the schools, discussions of gender and…
Descriptors: Child Welfare, Social Differences, Sexuality, Elementary School Students
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Hoadley, Ursula – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This article addresses an enduring concern in the sociology of education: how social class differences are reproduced through schooling. In particular it focuses on the functioning of pedagogy in this regard. The article presents a model that elucidates the inner logic of pedagogy in order to reveal the structuring of inequality with respect to…
Descriptors: Working Class, Middle Class, Educational Sociology, Social Differences
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Bhana, Deevia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This paper explores the salience of sport in the lives of eight-year-old and nine-year-old South African primary school boys. Drawing on ethnographic and interview data, I argue that young boys' developing relationship with sport is inscribed within particular gendered, raced and classed discourses in South Africa. Throughout the paper I show…
Descriptors: Young Children, Foreign Countries, Males, Ethnography
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Breier, Mignonne – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
Educators of adults are often urged to use the prior personal experience of their students as a pedagogic resource. Students have expectations that their narratives will be heard and valued. Whether this can--or should--be achieved in a particular discipline, in a course with a relatively fixed curriculum and formal assessment, is the issue…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Adult Education, Student Experience
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Walker, Melanie – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
This paper examines the life history narratives of a group of 12 black and white male and female undergraduate students at a historically white Afrikaans medium university, now undergoing its own transformation in post-apartheid South Africa. Conceptualizations of identity and discourse across four elements of context, setting, situated activity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Undergraduate Students, Biographies, Organizational Change
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Muller, Johan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Examines changes in the positions and concerns of South African sociologists of education as they move from an oppositional status to a more ambiguous space. These sociologists now face the prospect of choosing between criticism and reconstructive efforts. Reviews themes and issues related to this conflict. (MJP)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Critical Theory, Educational Change, Educational Policy
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Castle, Jane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Profiles a series of black managers who have risen to successful positions through utilizing affirmative action programs in post-apartheid South Africa. The men credit the influence of their family, upbringing, and religion for their ability to persevere. Questions the social pathology theory assumption that a culture of poverty survives…
Descriptors: Administrator Characteristics, Affirmative Action, African Culture, African History