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Language, Schools and Classrooms (RLE Edu L Sociology of Education)

1st Edition

By Michael Stubbs


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The role of language is central in education – but there is much debate about the exact relation between children’s language and their educational success. The author provides a clear guide to the basic issues in the debates over language deficit, standard English and classroom language, and in this edition he shows how work in sociolinguistics can give a better understanding of the place of language in education and society.


‘The book is extremely well written and clearly shows the author’s concern with the classroom…’ The Times Higher Education Supplement

Table of Contents

Introduction. Foreword to the second edition. 1. Why is Language Important in Education? 2. Some Basic Sociolinguistic Concepts. 3. Bernstein’s Theory of Restricted and Elaborated Codes. 4. Labov and the Myth of Linguistic Deprivation. 5. The Need for Studies of Classroom Language. 6. Studies of Classroom Language. 7. Teaching and Talking: The Hidden Curriculum of Classroom Talk. 8. Towards A Sociolinguistic Analysis. 9. Some Topics for Further Investigation. Further Reading. Indices.

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Education

Routledge Library Editions: Education consists of 244 volumes by some of the greatest educationalists, teaching professionals and policy makers of the twentieth century. The volumes are available in a set; in mini-sets themed by sub-discipline; or individually, in your choice of print or ebook.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects