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Slee, Roger – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
This brief essay celebrates the work of Len Barton. Drawing from a range of his texts, interviews and presentations, the essay attempts to demonstrate the importance of Barton's work in establishing foundations for the related fields of disability studies in education and inclusive education by revealing the politics of special educational needs…
Descriptors: Educational Needs, Inclusive Schools, Disabilities, Interviews
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Allan, Julie – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
This article charts the emergence of the sociology of disability and examines the areas of contestation. These have involved a series of erasures and absences--the removal of the body from debates on the social model of disability; the disappearance of the Other from educational policies and practices; and the absence of academics from political…
Descriptors: Inclusive Schools, Attitudes toward Disabilities, Sociology, Disabilities
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Lynch, Kathleen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2010
Len Barton is acutely aware of the power of the academy to either enhance critical thinking or to depress it. He is a true academic, never accepting the received wisdom or perspective of any given sociological standpoint, no matter how powerful or fashionable it was at the time. He has encouraged and promoted a unique blend of professional and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Social Justice, Ideology
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Normand, Romuald – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
The present paper aims to provide an account of the genesis and development of a collection of scientific work that has received strong international recognition--the paradigm of school effectiveness. It shows how this theory, based on the design of measurement tools, has gradually influenced educational management and policies in promoting the…
Descriptors: School Effectiveness, Educational Indicators, Educational Policy, Laboratories
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Takayama, Keita; Apple, Michael W. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
In the recent debate over education reform, Japanese conservative politicians and intellectuals have selectively appropriated a particular crisis-and-success narrative of British education reform to de-territorialize contentious policy changes. They assert that Britain achieved successful education reform by transforming the very same teaching…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Educational Change, Foreign Countries, Politics of Education
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Selwyn, Neil – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2007
Government support for the production and consumption of educational software is now a key element of New Labour's education technology drive. At present much attention is being directed towards marketing "digital learning" to an educational sector traditionally wary of technological innovation. In an effort to understand the social…
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Policy Analysis, Politics of Education, Foreign Countries
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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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Mills, Martin – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Recalls a conflict in an Australian high school where a student committee on social justice was blocked from displaying a poster discussing homophobic attitudes. Uses this incident for a broader discussion of hegemony, school culture, and how social justice initiatives threaten that hegemony. Identifies various restricting school strategies. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Foreign Countries, Homophobia, Homosexuality
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Elliott, Brian; MacLennan, David – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1994
Contends that conservative critiques of education and proposals for reform are similar in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. Describes and analyzes New Right criticisms of education and conservative efforts to promote business values and market-based economics. (CFR)
Descriptors: Conservatism, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives
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Mac An Ghail, Mairtin – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Criticizes the conservative movement's dismissal of class inequities in the British school system. Maintains that any critical analysis of social democratic alternatives to the current system must address the ways that class identities and social destinies are reproduced through state schooling. Doubts the efficacy of managerialist technically…
Descriptors: Conservatism, Educational Philosophy, Educational Quality, Educational Sociology