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July 4, 2013 / C H Thompson

Sociology of Education Overview

Introductory audio clip by Laurie Taylor

Competing perspectives of education



Assessing Marxist and functionalist perspectives of education.



Types of schools

Intelligence – nature verses nurture

Tripartite System strengths & weaknesses

Comprehensive Schools strengths & weaknesses

Marketisation and the New Right

Marketisation revision notes

Academies, Free Schools etc

Social Policies and Education

New Labour


Understanding marketisation of education



Social Class and Attainment (factors inside & outside of school)

Social class differences in attainment at school

Factors outside school (please read)

Factors inside school (please read)

Subcultures in Schools:

Fee-paying schools

Gender and achievement

Gender differences

The context

Why girls are doing better than boys

Why boys underachieve

Gender and pupil/teacher interaction

Feminisation of academic success

Examination system and gender differences

Socialisation, gender and achievement 

Ethnicity and achievement

Policies helping to raise achievement

Revision notes

The context

Factors outside school

Factors inside school

Ethnicity and attainment – part 1

Ethnicity and attainment – part 2

Ethnicity some key points

Globalisation and education

Revision notes

The context

Postmodernism and education

The context



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  1. DoubleN / Mar 5 2015 9:45 pm

    In postmodernism views of education provided by usher and Edward they say that by disolving elitism of modern education the postmodern system of schools can come up. Where the schools are flexible enough and caters for every ones need .
    They suggest that oppressed groups can fight back against their disadvantages through localised campaigns to shape educational provision so that it reflects their lifestyles and aspirations .

    Qns- What are these localised campaigns ? do they really take place ? and can u give me some ex. of them .

    Thank you

    • C H Thompson / Mar 6 2015 12:17 pm

      Hi again – In the UK one example of postmodern perspective of education would be the introduction of Free Schools. These schools can be set up by parents if the schools currently available in the area are not up to standard. After the parents have justified the need for a new school to be created, the government provides the funding for parents to set-up a Free School. This illustrates the postmodern view as in principle it means those parents who can’t afford to send or ideologically don’t want to send their child to an elitist fee-paying school can set-up their own state school to meet their aspirational desires for their children. Hope that helps 🙂

    • C H Thompson / Mar 6 2015 12:24 pm

      Meant to ask if your books have arrived yet?

    • C H Thompson / Mar 6 2015 12:29 pm

      I forgot to add and example like you asked :)

  2. DoubleN / Mar 17 2015 6:28 pm

    Thank you 🙂 .not yet , the new dates I have gotten from Amazon are till 25th of march .

    • C H Thompson / Mar 18 2015 6:17 pm

      Fingers crossed it arrives then 🙂

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