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Life in School
The Sociology of Pupil Culture

ISBN 9780367423018
Published February 28, 2022 by Routledge
284 Pages

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Book Description

There can be little doubt that pupils’ own interpretations of what happens in their schools represent a crucial link in the educational chain. We need to understand how pupils respond to different forms of pedagogy and school organization, and why they respond in the ways they do, in order to increase the effectiveness of our schooling.

In the ten years prior to first publication ethnographic studies of pupils in schools had increased in number and importance. They had come to represent a leading area of inquiry which is still of relevance to practising and student teachers today. However, this material was not easily accessible, being widely distributed across educational and sociological journals and books. Originally published in 1984, this book collects together significant contributions to the field in a single volume, and will still be of relevance to practising and trainee teachers, and students of sociology and education.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements.  Editors’ Introduction.  Part 1: School Organization and Social Divisions  1. Differentiation and Sub-Cultural Polarisation C. Lacey  2. Banding, Identity and Experience S. Ball  3. The Myth of Subject Choice P. Woods  4. Elements of a Culture P. Willis  5. Black Girls in a London Comprehensive School M. Fuller  6. Gender and the Sciences: Pupils’ Gender-Based Conceptions of School Subjects L. Measor  Part 2: Pupil Adaptations  7. Initial Encounters in the Classroom and the Process of Establishment S. Ball  8. ‘Sussing Out’ Teachers: Pupils as Data Gatherers J. Benyon  9. Interaction Sets in the Classroom: Towards a Study of Pupil Knowledge V.J. Furlong  10. Conformist Pupils? M. Hammersley and G. Turner  Part 3: Pupil Perspectives  11. The Delinquent Group D.H. Hargreaves  12. Making Sense of School H. Gannaway  13. The Meaning of Trouble E. Rosser and R. Harré  14. Delinquents in Schools: A Test for the Legitimacy of Authority C. Werthman  15. Negotiating the Demands of Schoolwork P. Woods  16. Goodies, Jokers and Gangs A. Pollard  17. Friends and Fights B. Davies.  Index.

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Martyn Hammersley (The Open University, UK) (Edited by) ,  Peter Woods (Edited by)