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Straehler-Pohl, Hauke; Gellert, Uwe – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2013
This article aims at developing an external language of description to investigate the problem of why particular groups of students are systematically not provided access to school mathematical knowledge. Based on Basil Bernstein's conceptualisation of power in classification, we develop a three-dimensional model that operationalises the…
Descriptors: Mathematics Skills, Classification, Models, Power Structure
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Crossouard, Barbara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2012
Cultural theorists have illuminated how photographic images contribute to autobiographical remembering and identity formation. This has new significance given that digital photography now allows personal images to circulate rapidly amongst peer groups. Taking these insights into classroom contexts, this paper draws on recent case-study data to…
Descriptors: Classroom Environment, Feedback (Response), Photography, Internet
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Kiilo, Tatjana; Kutsar, Dagmar – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2012
After the re-establishment of independent Estonian statehood in 1991, Russian lost its privileges as the dominant and official language in Estonia, and Estonian continued as the only official language. This paper attempts to map the position of a Russian-speaking teacher within the sociological categories of power and language, based on the…
Descriptors: Language Planning, Speech Communication, Self Efficacy, Official Languages
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Green, Elizabeth – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2012
This paper asserts that the religious assumptions of Christian academies need to be fully examined in relation to any analysis of their cultural practices, impact or policy implications. It proposes that Bourdieu's concepts of habitus, cultural capital and symbolic power can be broadened out from their traditional use in accounting for social…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Religion, Religious Factors, Social Theories
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Kidman, Joanna; Abrams, Eleanor; McRae, Hiria – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
The perspectives of indigenous science learners in developed nations offer an important but frequently overlooked dimension to debates about the nature of science, the science curriculum, and calls from educators to make school science more culturally responsive or "relevant" to students from indigenous or minority groups. In this paper…
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Indigenous Populations, Scientific Principles, Foreign Countries
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Simpson, Donald – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2011
The integration of care and education across pre-school sectors of several European countries is currently a key policy priority. In England this necessitates reform aimed at re-modelling a traditionally hierarchical and divided workforce. Drawing on research with early years professionals, this article explores the micro-politics of reform with a…
Descriptors: Communities of Practice, Human Capital, Social Class, Foreign Countries
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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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Bansel, Peter; Davies, Bronwyn; Laws, Cath; Linnell, Sheridan – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2009
In this paper the four authors explore the experience of school bullying, drawing on stories of bullying generated in a collective biography workshop and on fictional accounts of bullying. They counter the current trend of reading bullying as individual or family pathology with a post-structuralist analysis of subjectification and power.
Descriptors: Bullying, Workshops, Biographies, Power Structure
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Wong, Ting-Hong – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2005
After World War II, Chinese residents of Singapore demanded the establishment of local Chinese universities. The ruling regime, however, which was under the shadow of the neighboring Malay-dominated Malay Peninsula, was forced to suppress the development of such schools. In Hong Kong, the British needed to install a Chinese university to counter…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Race, War
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Moore, Rob – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2004
This paper attempts to explicate and locate the concept of 'cultural capital' in terms of Pierre Bourdieu's more general theory of the forms of capital and their transubstantiations. It examines the manner in which the relationship between the economic field, and its relations of inequality and power, and the cultural field involves a process of…
Descriptors: Probability, Power Structure, Social Capital, Social Status
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Apple, Michael W. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1996
Provides an overview of the main theories, developments, and literature of critically-oriented sociology. Pays particular attention to the politics of meaning including critical discourse analysis, identity politics, racial formation, and political economy and the labor process. Concludes with a discussion of the tensions between postmodern and…
Descriptors: Critical Theory, Cultural Context, Cultural Influences, Educational Environment
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Grant, Barbara – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1997
Contends that Foucaultian analysis of universities as disciplinary blocks points to ways that students are disciplined by technologies of domination and of the self (practices adopted to be "good" students). Maintains that because power relations are only present between "acting subjects," possibilities for resistance against…
Descriptors: College Students, Discipline, Educational Environment, Higher Education
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Lafferty, George; Fleming, Jenny – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2000
Examines how the restructuring of Australia's university system and the introduction of corporate managerialism has changed the work performed by academic staff. Illustrates how there is more regulation of academic work due to the emergence of higher education as an export industry and a vehicle for more competitiveness. Includes references. (CMK)
Descriptors: Administration, Competition, Educational Change, Equal Opportunities (Jobs)