The Social World of the Comprehensive School: How Pupils Adapt

1st Edition

Glenn Turner

Published September 19, 2018
Reference - 202 Pages
ISBN 9781138629080 - CAT# Y320043
Series: Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Education

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A comprehensive school, like any community, is split into many groups and sub-divisions and contains many different ‘social worlds’ within its structure.

First published in 1983, this work is based on a one-year project carried out by the author which involved observation of pupils in lessons and interviews and informal conversations with pupils and teachers. This books provides a model of pupil orientations, starting with activity in context and including consideration of pupil goals and interests in school.

The book considers pupil relationships, particularly between the so-called ‘swots’ and ‘dossers’ and also studies in depth a group of highly motivated pupils to discover how their goals and interests are translated into activity in lessons. It also looks at the role of the researcher and allows the reader to assess the effect of the data gathering process on the findings.


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