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ERIC Number: EJ763942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
"Modernising the Comprehensive Principle": Selection, Setting and the Institutionalisation of Educational Failure
Araujo, Marta
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v28 n2 p241-257 Mar 2007
This paper examines issues of selection, merging an analysis of policy with data from a qualitative case study. It focuses on the "modernisation of the comprehensive principle" proposed by New Labour, in which selection within schools (through setting "by ability") is increasingly encouraged. Data collected at an inner-city, multi-ethnic comprehensive school are used to illustrate how discourses on selection are being reworked locally. The school was largely supportive of setting, despite some teachers acknowledging that the practice prioritised high-achieving pupils with perceived "good attitudes". In the form under study, setting involved disadvantaged pupils from ethnic-minority backgrounds, particularly those who received support in English as an Additional Language. It is concluded that setting did not contribute to an inclusive agenda for education, in spite of government claims of increased "standards for all". (Contains 2 figures and 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: Education Act 1944 (England)