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Atkinson, Elizabeth; DePalma, Renee – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 2008
This paper focuses on the operation of heteronormativity in online and face-to-face dialogues about sexualities and schooling, and seeks to tease out the means through which this operation is enacted. The data arise from two linked research projects focusing on participants' perceptions and concerns about addressing issues related to sexual…
Descriptors: Sexual Orientation, Social Change, Justice, Homosexuality
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Jordan, Steve; Yeomans, David – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Asserts that ethnography's development out of anthropology left it tainted with biases from colonialism and imperialism. Discusses several contemporary approaches, including critical ethnography, really useful knowledge, and action research. Suggests further incorporation of postmodernist ideas into the field of ethnography. (MJP)
Descriptors: Action Research, Anthropology, Colonialism, Consciousness Raising
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Elliott, Brian; MacLennan, David – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1994
Contends that conservative critiques of education and proposals for reform are similar in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. Describes and analyzes New Right criticisms of education and conservative efforts to promote business values and market-based economics. (CFR)
Descriptors: Conservatism, Educational Change, Educational Improvement, Educational Objectives
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Proudford, Christine; Baker, Robert – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Argues for a sociological analysis of effective schools as opposed to the positivist paradigm. Maintains that the practice of schooling cannot be separated from the broader social, cultural, and political aspects of the local community. Profiles four high schools and their educational philosophies. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Awareness, Educational Strategies, Effective Schools Research, Experiential Learning
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Maxwell, James D.; Maxwell, Mary Percival – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Maintains that although Canada's private schools attempt to reproduce dominant cultural ideology, meritocracy and recruitment have created paradoxical effects. Academic competition results in fewer private school graduates being admitted to top universities. Further studies reveal no correlation between private school and financial success. (MJP)
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Economic Change, Educational Objectives, Elementary Secondary Education
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Berends, Mark – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Examines how the practice of tracking affects students' social bonding with their school. Discovers that tracking creates a polarization between students. Higher level tracked students accept the schools demands as normative, while lower tracked students rebel and often drop out. Includes statistical tables on drop-out rates and other variables.…
Descriptors: Antisocial Behavior, Attendance, Educational Discrimination, High Risk Students
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Lynch, Kathleen; O'Neill, Cathleen – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1994
Explores the dilemmas posed by the analysis of working class issues in education by professional sociologists. Questions whether the inequalities experienced in the educational system by working class people have been "colonized" by middle class academics for their own professional purposes. (CFR)
Descriptors: Conflict of Interest, Educational Research, Ethics, Foreign Countries
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Mwansa, Dickson M. – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Reveals that literacy training in small, rural, and primitive communities can affect demonstrable changes in the feelings, attitudes, and well-being of its participants. Utilized interviews, discussions, and observations at two sites in Zambia to highlight the outcomes of literacy training. Discusses the program's weaknesses as well as strengths.…
Descriptors: Adult Education, Adult Literacy, Adult Reading Programs, Adult Students
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Daniels, Harry – British Journal of Sociology of Education, 1995
Investigates the relationship between the social organization and educational practices of schools and how they relate to students' ability to recognize differences between curriculum-specific talk. The study recorded students' observations regarding Mathematics and Art to determine their ability to speak in subject-specific ways teachers deem…
Descriptors: Classroom Communication, Classroom Environment, Classroom Techniques, Communication (Thought Transfer)