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ERIC Number: EJ939433
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0159-6306
Jocks, Teckers, and Nerds: The Role of the Adolescent Peer Group in the Formation and Maintenance of Secondary School Institutional Culture
Brady, Patrick
Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, v25 n3 p351-364 2004
The adolescent peer group constitutes a vital component of the institutional culture of the contemporary secondary school. Formed among students and reinforced by administrators and teachers, it takes the form of a structured status hierarchy whose membership and boundaries are clearly understood within the school community. Individual students' perceptions of their positions within that hierarchy have the potential to impact significantly on their attitudes towards the institution they attend as well as the process of formal education. This study focuses on the attitudes and opinions expressed by 268 students attending two composite secondary schools in a mid-sized Canadian city, and attempts to provide an insight into an aspect of secondary school education that is not often acknowledged by educators. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 11; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada