ERIC Number: EJ720925
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Nov
Reference Count: 18
Securing the Self: Risk and Aspiration in the Post-16 Curriculum
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v26 n5 p613-625 Nov 2005
This paper examines the social meaning of subject choice in the post-16 context through a case study of Media Studies in a selective school. Students' accounts are discussed in terms of both their enjoyment of the subject and their negotiation of its "legitimacy". The analysis of their comments in interviews stresses the subject's precarious position in a school where a relatively traditional hierarchy of subjects still prevails. It also considers the strength of family "projects" in framing children's educational "choices". Media Studies is discussed as a negotiable option primarily facilitating projections into a new middle-class sense of self-hood.
Descriptors: Selective Admission, Case Studies, Secondary School Students, Foreign Countries, Student Attitudes, Journalism Education, Course Selection (Students), Family Influence, Mass Media
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)