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Heiskanen, Noora; Alasuutari, Maarit; Vehkakoski, Tanja – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2018
The article critically discusses the practice of describing children's special educational needs (SEN) in early childhood education and care (ECEC) pedagogical documents. Documentation is understood as a form of governance. In current practice, documentation is extensively used in educational institutions. Even when the focus of documentation…
Descriptors: Special Needs Students, Early Childhood Education, Preschool Children, Documentation
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Sukarieh, Mayssoun; Tannock, Stuart – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
Currently dominant human capital and knowledge economy rhetoric holds that education can raise wages, empower workers and enhance working conditions. Education, however, can also have the opposite impact in the workplace and labour market, an impact that has received only limited attention. In this article we draw together a broad range of…
Descriptors: Education Work Relationship, Empowerment, Work Environment, Labor Market
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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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Savas, Gokhan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2014
This paper reviews the existing literature to discuss how critical race theory has been applied as a theoretical framework to higher educational research in the United States and what its contributions are. To provide necessary context, I will discuss race and racism in the United States, the background of US higher education in relation to race,…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Educational Research, Critical Theory, Race
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Edwards, Tony – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
Olive Banks' study of the sharp contrasts of "parity and prestige" in English secondary education was published when sociological study of education was only beginning in Britain. It fitted neatly into that study's preoccupation with the interactions of social class, educational opportunity and social mobility. This paper is not an…
Descriptors: Relationship, Social Class, Social Mobility, Educational Opportunities
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Marginson, Simon – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This paper maps the global dimension of higher education and associated research, including the differentiation of national systems and institutions, while reflecting critically on theoretical tools for working this terrain. Arguably the most sustained theorization of higher education is by Bourdieu: the paper explores the relevance and limits of…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Global Approach, Power Structure, Cultural Influences
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Miles, Steven – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
This paper explores the potential role of creative learning in helping to create positive experiences for socially excluded young people. Noting the increased influence of the market into education and the onus engendered in the 'Third Way', which seeks to give socially and economically marginal individuals the opportunity to adapt to changing…
Descriptors: Learning Experience, Student Attitudes, Creative Teaching, Inclusive Schools
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Vongalis-Macrow, Athena – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Analysis of teachers' agency as multifarious change, embedded in educational reform in the global era, stands largely unexamined in educational policy. Although the concept of teachers as agents has political implications, beyond this, examining teachers' agency offers ways of describing and reviewing changes to teachers' work and relations within…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, International Organizations, Teaching (Occupation)
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Burke, Penny Jane – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Drawing on ESRC-funded research (RES-000-22-0832), this article examines the accounts of men participating in London access and foundation programs in relation to their shifting masculine identifications. The author considers how the men's early memories of schooling shape their student masculinities. Their accounts are contextualized in relation…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Foundation Programs, Males, Masculinity
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Lambert, Cath – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Transformational leadership is widely recognised as being central to the implementation of educational reform. In this paper I draw on selected educational speeches made by New Labour politicians in order to locate shifting discourses of leadership within the broader accountability framework through which the terms of the relationship between…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transformational Leadership, Masculinity, Educational Change
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Hartley, David – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Organizational learning or epistemology has emerged in order to manage the creation of knowledge and innovation within contemporary capitalism. Its insights are being applied also to the public sector. Much of the research in organizational learning has drawn upon the discipline of psychology, particularly constructivist theory. Two approaches in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Critical Theory, Social Theories, Public Sector
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Kehily, Mary Jane; Pattman, Rob – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
This paper explores the ways in which sixth-form students in Milton Keynes negotiate their identities and the symbolic significance they attach to leisure activities in the process of doing this. The paper draws upon qualitative, young-person-centred interviews with sixth formers in state and private schools. It addresses the investments of sixth…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Identification (Psychology), Middle Class
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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
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Brehony, Kevin J.; Deem, Rosemary – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
This paper examines claims that recent reforms to UK education have led to significant organisational changes in primary school and higher education. It also examines two main theoretical explanations for these, namely post-Fordism and New Managerialism. Examples of changes in both schools and universities, including flexibility and teamwork, are…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Educational Administration
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Martens, Lydia – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
The market as educator has become firmly lodged at the centre of popular and scholarly debate commenting on the nexus between children, consumption and education/learning. In this paper, I appreciate this scholarly debate from the point of view of the sociology of consumption. The latter has been relatively silent on children's consumption and…
Descriptors: Purchasing, Sociology, Cultural Influences, Consumer Education
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