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Hodgkins, Andrew – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
This article examines the precarious learning-to-work transitions experienced by aboriginal youth in the Canadian oil sands mining industry. Drawing from an empirical case study of a mine-sponsored, pre-apprenticeship training programme, challenges experienced by programme participants, as well as their socialisation into the world of work are…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Transitional Programs, Youth Opportunities, Youth Problems
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Smyth, John – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Young people from working-class backgrounds are feeling increasingly insecure in school, and for good reasons. The institution of schooling is being converted into an instrument of neoliberal control. In this paper, I discuss how schools are becoming increasingly insecure places for working-class young people, and how they are responding, and I do…
Descriptors: Youth Problems, School Safety, Working Class, Neoliberalism
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Carpenter, Sara – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
This paper examines the use of logic models in the development of community initiatives within the AmeriCorps program. AmeriCorps is the civilian national service programme in the U.S., operating as a grants programme to local governments and not-for-profit organisations and providing low-cost labour to address pressing issues of social…
Descriptors: Praxis, Neoliberalism, Logical Thinking, Models
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Miah, Shamim – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Muslims are folk-devils that mark the ubiquitous moral panic. For some, the idea of the "Muslim problematic" signifies a long and worrying trend of creeping "Islamification" of state schools. For others, the discourse of the "Muslim problematic" reflects the ongoing racial patholigisation of Britain's minoritised…
Descriptors: Muslims, Urban Schools, Racial Relations, Educational Policy
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Liu, Lin; Xie, Ailei – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
This paper reports the findings of an eight-month ethnographic study of a small group of at-risk youths in a school of a southern coastal city in China. The process leading to the young students being marginalised by the school system and how they developed a "muddling through" subculture to counteract this marginalisation is revealed.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Ethnography, At Risk Students, Student Subcultures
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Spruyt, Bram; Keppens, Gil; Kemper, Robin; Bradt, Lieve – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
During the past years, combating truancy has been high on the political agenda. However, throughout Europe one can observe that despite the numerous action plans and anti-truancy measures, truancy rates continue to rise. In this article, we focus on Flanders (the Dutch-speaking part of Belgium) as a case study to get a better grip on the mismatch…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Truancy, Educational Policy, Case Studies
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Neves, Tiago; Ferraz, Hélder; Nata, Gil – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Access to higher education is affected by inequalities worldwide. Here we present a longitudinal study based on large databases of scores in upper secondary education and access to higher education in Portugal. Our findings show how access to higher education builds on and reinforces social inequalities: (1) private, fee-paying secondary schools…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Private Schools, Social Bias, Access to Education
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Erdreich, Lauren; Golden, Deborah – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
This paper presents a theoretical argument regarding the power of school to shape parental involvement in culturally informed ways. The paper emerges out of preliminary fieldwork among Jewish middle-class parents in a town in northern Israel, during which our attention was drawn to the intense activity in and around their children's transition to…
Descriptors: Cultural Influences, Parent Participation, Cultural Capital, Family School Relationship
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Lee, Amelia N. Y.; Bagley, Carl – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
This paper seeks to question what impact education vouchers have on the process of school choice. The context examined in the paper is the Pre-primary Education Voucher Scheme ("Voucher Scheme") introduced in 2007 in Hong Kong. Using a Straussian grounded theory method, data collected from 40 parent interviews are coded, analysed and…
Descriptors: Educational Vouchers, School Choice, Parent Attitudes, Decision Making
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Rowe, Emma E. – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Research points to sections of the middle-class repopulating the "ordinary" urban public school and whilst there are key differences in how they are navigating public school choices, from "seeking a critical mass" to resisting traditional methods of choice and going "against-the-grain", or collectively campaigning for…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Religion, School Choice, Middle Class
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Gurney, Eleanor – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Drawing on qualitative interview data from a group of lower income parents in Delhi, India, this paper focuses on the dynamic relationship between parental choice of a particular school and parents' own identity construction. The data indicate that choice of school is for some parents a symbolic expression of identity, influenced by family…
Descriptors: School Choice, Qualitative Research, Low Income, Parent Attitudes
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Bates, Agnieszka – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
The last 20 years has witnessed the spread of corporatism in education on a global scale. In England, this trend is characterised by new structural and cultural approaches to education found in the "academies" programme and the adoption of private sector management styles. The corporate re-imagining of schools has also led to the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Commercialization, Elementary Schools, Values Education
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Asimaki, Anna; Koustourakis, Gerasimos; Vergidis, Dimitris – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
The mechanisms of discipline and power within the institution of the school constitute, in part, the relationship between society and childhood. This article traces the relationship between official regulative discourses of control and punishment practices over students in primary school. It focuses on the memories of schooling of first-year…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Discipline, Punishment, Questionnaires
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Straková, Jana; Greger, David; Soukup, Petr – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
The Czech education system is characterised by early tracking and high educational inequalities. The most controversial element of the system is the academic track, which is attended by students after the completion of primary school. The paper focuses on fifth graders' application process and their success in entrance examinations. The process is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grade 5, Mathematics Instruction, Track System (Education)
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Katartzi, Eugenia – International Studies in Sociology of Education, 2016
Based on a qualitative study conducted in austerity-stricken Greece, the paper provides a micro-level exploration of the mechanics of intergenerational transmission of (dis)advantage. Utilising the Bourdieusian toolbox, the paper enquires into familial practices through the lens of young people's perceptions, focusing on the mobilisation of…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Qualitative Research, Interviews, Social Capital
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