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ERIC Number: EJ917456
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
Re-Asserting the Place of Context in Explaining Student (Under-)Achievement
Mills, Carmen; Gale, Trevor
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v32 n2 p239-256 Mar 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 backgrounds. In making these observations, we utilise data from one Australian secondary school located in an economically depressed rural community. Drawing on the insights of Bourdieu, our focus is on the broader social and economic influences that can adversely position students and schools, as well as work to inform the institutional stance that schools take in relation to their students. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia