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Education Policy and Social Reproduction : Class Inscription & Symbolic Control - John Fitz

Education Policy and Social Reproduction

Class Inscription & Symbolic Control

Hardcover Published: 3rd October 2005
ISBN: 9780415240048
Number Of Pages: 168

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This book takes a theoretically informed look at British education policy over the last sixty years when secondary schooling for all children became an established fact for the first time. Comprehensive schools largely replaced a system based on academic selection. Now, under choice and competition policies, all schools are subject to the rigours of local education markets. What impact did each of these successive policy frameworks have on structures of opportunities for families and their children? How and to what extent was the experience of secondary school students shaped and what influenced the qualifications they obtained and their life chances after schooling?

The authors locate their work within two broad strands in the sociology of education. Basil Bernstein's work on the realisation of power and control in and through pedagogic discourse and social reproduction provides a theoretical framework for exploring the character of and continuities and change in education and training policies.

The book is an important contribution to debates about the extent to which education is a force for change in class divided societies. The authors also set out to re-establish social class at the centre of educational analysis at a time when emphasis has been on identity and identity formation, arguing for their interdependence. This book will be an important resource for students, policy analysts and policymakers wishing to think through and understand the longer term impact of programmes that have shaped secondary schooling in Britain and elsewhere.

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"The book would be useful to students on Education Studies - a growth in many of our universities.' - Dr Meg Maguire, Kings College, London

Understanding policy, understanding pedagogic discourse
Bernstein's sociology, a language for policy
On our omissions
Framing Equality?
The Education Act 1944
Policy frameworks
The 1944 legislation
A governing partnership?
Tripartism: a very British settlement?
Selection, class and opportunity
Selection and social class
Selection and social class and school composition
Greater equality of opportunity?
Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?
Comprehensive schooling: Challenging inequality ?
Going comprehensive from the ground up
What was driving the change? 10/65 and after
Comprehensive Schooling and its challenges
Neighbourhoods and differentiation between schools
Educational Systems and Social Mobility
Social mobility and education
Social mobility, selection and comprehensivisation
Social Mobility, Meritocracy and Education
Bernstein, social reproduction and intergenerational transmission
Pedagogic discourse; family, school and work
Pedagogic discourse, policy and reproduction
Pedagogic discourse: its key features
Sifting and Sorting
Privileging practices
Something happened: the policy framework post 1988
Reasserting central authority
Putting on the pressure
Choice and diversity
Power to parents?
Diversity: selection and stratification?
From diversity to plurality
'New' Labour and school diversity
The Early Years
Specialist Schools
Beacon Schools and Leading Edge Partnerships
Federations and Diversity Pathfinders
Faith-based schools
The modernisation of comprehensive schools
School diversity and social equity
Further reading
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ISBN: 9780415240048
ISBN-10: 0415240042
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 168
Published: 3rd October 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.12
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1