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ERIC Number: EJ923789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
Pages: 33
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 168
ISSN: ISSN-0034-6543
A Review of Class-Based Theories of Student Resistance in Education: Mapping the Origins and Influence of "Learning to Labor" by Paul Willis
McGrew, Ken
Review of Educational Research, v81 n2 p234-266 Jun 2011
This article examines the origins, influence, and contemporary understandings of class-based theories of student resistance in education, contributing to or emerging from "Learning to Labor" by Paul Willis. It reports the results of a review of the literature that discusses class-based student resistance and cites the seminal book. More than 500 published articles were reviewed, in addition to books and book chapters. This review reveals misconceptions in the literature that have developed around both the book and its theory. These misconceptions include the belief that the resistance theory described by Willis was original and that it was a drastic departure from reproduction theory, or at least correspondence theories like those of Bowles and Gintis, and that the resistance theory attributed to Willis, one of the most influential theories in contemporary critical scholarship in education, is the same theory that Willis himself describes. These misconceptions, and the failure to acknowledge them, raise questions about both the validity of resistance theory and the ability of the critical education community, collectively, to engage with unwelcome evidence, to refine, and to evolve. (Contains 8 notes and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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