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Barker, Bernard; Hoskins, Kate – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
This article investigates whether schools that match Coalition Government criteria for excellence can enable hardworking students, regardless of background, to achieve good examination results and improved chances of social mobility. Students at two case-study academies were interviewed about family influences on their development and choice of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, School Effectiveness, Family Characteristics, Social Mobility
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Choudry, Sophina; Williams, Julian; Black, Laura – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2017
The aim of this article is to explore the structure of social capital in peer networks and its relation to the unequal access of educational resources within mathematics classrooms. We hypothesise that learners can gain access to mathematics through friendship networks which provide more or less help from peers that might sustain (or curtail)…
Descriptors: Peer Relationship, Social Capital, Mathematics Instruction, Classroom Techniques
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Stahl, Garth – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2016
This paper intends to show the processes and identity negotiations of white working-class boys surrounding their own learner-identity within a "raising aspirations" rhetoric. The current dominant neoliberal discourse, which prioritizes a view of aspiration that is competitive, economic, and status-based, shapes the subjectivities of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, White Students, Males
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Gartland, Clare – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2015
Employing students to market higher education (HE) and widen access is established practice in the United Kingdom and other developed countries. In the United Kingdom, student ambassadors are held to be effective in aspiration and attainment-raising work and cited as "role-models" for pupils. The focus of this paper is student ambassador…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Role Models, Student Role, STEM Education
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Kehily, Mary Jane; Pattman, Rob – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2006
This paper explores the ways in which sixth-form students in Milton Keynes negotiate their identities and the symbolic significance they attach to leisure activities in the process of doing this. The paper draws upon qualitative, young-person-centred interviews with sixth formers in state and private schools. It addresses the investments of sixth…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Identification (Psychology), Middle Class