Education Policy and Social Reproduction
Class Inscription and Symbolic Control
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Education Policy and Social Reproduction by John Fitz
Book DescriptionThis 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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Book DetailsISBN: 9780415240055
(234mm x 156mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Routledge Falmer
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 3-Oct-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author John Fitz
Education Policy and Social Reproduction, Hardback (October 2005)
Written for in-service teachers and student-teachers, this book summarises the developments in educational policy. It assesses British education policies including a review of key policy initiatives, and develops the debate on the extent to which education is a force for change in a class-divided society.
Schools, Markets and Choice Policies, Paperback (July 2003)» View all books by John Fitz
A groundbreaking contribution to the debate on the role of choice and market economics in education, this book will be essential reading for anyone involved in determining or implementing education policy at all levels.
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