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ERIC Number: EJ980935
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0004-9441
Institutional Categories at Work: A Consideration of How Labelling Can Slow down Rates of Learning in a Rural Primary School
Funnell, Robert; Lee, Irene Han
Australian Journal of Education, v51 n2 p146-161 Aug 2007
In this paper we show that poor student performance in a rural school is influenced by the classifications used for student learning and behaviour. We propose that the institution's organisation is conveyed via a classification schema that permeates and informs judgments about student progress and holds sway over teacher cognition. Category boundaries are set and differentiate between compliant and non-compliant students in the school in question. Conformity to expectations by compliant students can be mistaken for academic security. Rectifying disruptive and off-task behaviours can replace teaching of the non-compliant students. Institutional categories used to judge and label performances remain difficult to counter in that they are part of the reality of everyday interaction and given credence in departmental policy and professional discourse. (Contains 1 table and 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia