ERIC Number: EJ1128375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Can High-Performing Academies Overcome Family Background and Improve Social Mobility?
Barker, Bernard; Hoskins, Kate
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v38 n2 p221-240 2017
This article investigates whether schools that match Coalition Government criteria for excellence can enable hardworking students, regardless of background, to achieve good examination results and improved chances of social mobility. Students at two case-study academies were interviewed about family influences on their development and choice of education and employment pathways. In a "best case" scenario, where prototype academies have rigorously implemented government policy, are students less reliant than before on family resources, influences and dispositions? Our data suggest that family background continues to be an important influence on participants' attitudes, values, occupational interests and preferences. There are few signs that the new academy regime is creating improved opportunities for social mobility.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Effectiveness, Family Characteristics, Social Mobility, Case Studies, Family Influence, Student Attitudes, Values, Vocational Interests, Qualitative Research, Secondary School Students, Student Interests, Culture, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom
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