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ERIC Number: EJ1082937
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1381-2890
Institutional Discrimination: Stereotypes and Social Reproduction of "Class" in the Swedish Upper-Secondary School
Jonsson, Anna-Carin; Beach, Dennis
Social Psychology of Education: An International Journal, v18 n4 p703-717 Dec 2015
This article discusses the effects of separating 15-16 years-old school students in isolated academic and practical study programs in upper-secondary education. It is based on an investigation of the social identities developed by and about youth learners in these circumstances. In particular we examine the creation of identity positions by youth on academic programs regarding themselves and people like them (in-group characteristics) on the one hand and for other kinds of students on the other, on vocational programs. These constructions are analyzed as a product of self-categorization theory. The investigation involved 224 students from upper-secondary school academic programs. Our results showed that the academic program students expressed strong stereotypes with extremely negative potentials in relation to future social solidarity and equity. On the basis of the findings we strongly recommend introducing mixed classes in upper-secondary school, where students from academic and vocational programs take the same courses in general subjects as a way of reducing stereotypes and prejudice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Sweden
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