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Ke, Lin; Starkey, Hugh – London Review of Education, 2014
This virtual ethnographic study explores how Chinese university students use social network sites (SNSs) to participate in civic activities. An ideal of "active" citizens is contrasted with good citizens (Crick) and insouciant bystanders. We find that students engage with the civic issues embedded in everyday life; their online civic…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Citizen Participation, College Students, Social Networks
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Yang, Peidong – London Review of Education, 2014
This paper presents an ethnographic interpretation of education as a social technology of state sovereign power and governing in the borderlands of contemporary China. Illustrated with snapshots from ethnographic fieldwork conducted in a Pumi (Premi) ethnic village located along China's south-western territorial margins, it is argued that the…
Descriptors: Student Mobility, Ethnic Groups, Ethnography, Foreign Countries
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Jin, Tinghe – London Review of Education, 2014
The role of cultural dimensions in the teaching of Chinese as a foreign language in the UK is not as fully understood as it needs to be, especially in relation to developing students' abilities with intercultural communication. This paper adopts an ecological perspective on learning another language and seeks to contribute to the field of teaching…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Mandarin Chinese, Second Language Instruction, Cultural Awareness
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Apple, Michael W. – London Review of Education, 2013
Stephen Ball's work has deservedly received a good deal of attention. In this article, I detail a number of tasks in which the critical sociologist of education--as a "public intellectual"--should engage. I then place Ball's work within these tasks and evaluate his contributions to them. In the process, I show that one of the…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Educational Theories, Neoliberalism, Postmodernism
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Gunter, Helen M. – London Review of Education, 2013
Stephen Ball's research continues to make a contribution to describing, understanding and explaining the political, social, economic and cultural context in which educational professionals locate their practices. Therefore, Ball engages with issues about school leadership, but he does not set out to present solutions for school leaders. Based…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Leadership Effectiveness, Educational Research, Instructional Leadership
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Clarke, Matthew – London Review of Education, 2013
This paper focuses on Stephen Ball's article, "The teacher's soul and the terrors of performativity", since it is here that he analyses the issue of how neoliberal education policies shape teacher identities that I also wish to explore. I begin by providing a summary of the 2003 piece, noting how it locates teachers and their…
Descriptors: Resistance (Psychology), Neoliberalism, Educational Policy, Performance Based Assessment
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Brown, Chris – London Review of Education, 2013
The process of "knowledge adoption" is defined as the means through which policy-makers digest, accept then "take on board" research findings. It is argued in Brown, however, that current models designed to explain knowledge adoption activity fail to fully account for the complexities that affect its operation. Within this…
Descriptors: Evidence, Educational Policy, Models, Public Officials
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Kandiko, Camille B.; Kinchin, Ian M. – London Review of Education, 2013
Competing notions of what a Ph.D. has been, is and should be are undercurrents in doctoral education. A longitudinal study of Ph.D. supervision based on interviews and concept mapping was used to surface understandings of the purpose of a Ph.D. This research tracks change over time for both the student and the supervisor. The data were analysed…
Descriptors: Longitudinal Studies, Concept Mapping, Supervision, Doctoral Programs
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Simon, Catherine A. – London Review of Education, 2013
New Labour's extended schools initiative added to existing models of community schooling. The paper identifies the key principles behind extended schooling, making comparisons with historical models and contemporary trends in community education. Part one examines New Labour's use of extended schools to deliver their social policy agenda. Part two…
Descriptors: Community Education, Foreign Countries, Models, Public Policy
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Hanney, Roy; Savin-Baden, Maggi – London Review of Education, 2013
For many years there has been a sharp division between project-based learning, and problem-based learning, with the former adopting a more technical rationalist approach while the latter adopts a more Socratic or dialogic approach. This article argues that current notions of project-based learning are too narrow and that combining the two…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Learner Engagement, Active Learning, Problem Based Learning
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Savin-Baden, Maggi – London Review of Education, 2013
This paper will present a study that explored the perceived impact of spatial practice in "Second Life" (SL) on teaching and learning from the point of view of participants in higher education (lecturers, developers and researchers). Narrative inquiry was used to access stories and experiences of space and spatial practice from staff…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Teacher Attitudes, Cues, Information Technology
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White, John – London Review of Education, 2013
It is time to replace the examination regime at 16 and 18 by something more appropriate. The coalition government has been solidifying its place by its Baccalaureate reforms at both ages, but this is a move in quite the wrong direction. Whatever the wider purposes that the examination system may serve, its core aim is to find out how well students…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Testing, Testing Programs
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van Zanten, Agnès; Kosunen, Sonja – London Review of Education, 2013
This article analyzes the influence of Stephen Ball's work on research on markets and school choice in five European countries (Finland, France, Norway, Spain, and Sweden). The main focus is on the intellectual circulation of ideas, but the authors also take into account the relationship between ideas and social and political changes, as well as…
Descriptors: School Choice, Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Social Change
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Mainardes, Jefferson; Gandin, Luis Armando – London Review of Education, 2013
This article aims at showcasing the main contributions of Stephen J. Ball to educational research in Brazil, particularly to the study of educational and curriculum policies. We also highlight some of the limitations in the incorporation of Ball's ideas in Brazil as well as some of the challenges that these author's ideas pose to Brazilian…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Policy, Curriculum, Social Class
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Lingard, Bob; Sellar, Sam – London Review of Education, 2013
This paper traces developments across Stephen J. Ball's policy sociology in education "oeuvre" and considers their implications for doing research on education policy today. It begins with an account of his policy sociology trilogy from the 1990s, which outlined his conception of the policy cycle consisting of the contexts of influence,…
Descriptors: Educational Sociology, Educational Policy, Social Theories, Private Sector
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