ERIC Number: EJ1064352
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
Working-Class Girls and Child-Centred Pedagogy: What Are the Implications for Developing Socially Just Pedagogy?
International Studies in Sociology of Education, v25 n2 p132-149 2015
Existing international research suggests that widespread performative pedagogy has contributed to producing educational inequalities for "disadvantaged" learners. There have also been calls for alternative pedagogies, which can be characterised as child-centred. This paper analyses pupils' hierarchical positioning in a contemporary, mixed socio-economic, child-centred classroom using Bernstein's theory of competence pedagogy and the concept of the ideal pupil. The ideal pupil's central characteristics were perceived "intelligence" and "good humour", which were closely associated with middle-class boys. Middle-class and working-class girls were positioned against a female ideal pupil, who would take on a supporting role by creating a facilitating environment for boys' learning. While middle-class girls were moderately successful in approximating these characteristics, working-class girls were positioned at the bottom of the class hierarchy. These findings have implications for these pupils' self-perceptions, and raise questions about the implications of child-centred pedagogy for social justice.
Descriptors: Working Class, Females, Student Centered Curriculum, Social Justice, Teaching Methods, Gender Differences, Disadvantaged, Socioeconomic Background, Intelligence, Interpersonal Competence, Personality Traits, Sex Role, Interviews, Teacher Attitudes, Student Attitudes, Classroom Environment, Observation, Middle Class, Social Differences, Foreign Countries, Case Studies
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom