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.
Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. Research on Pupils: An Assessment of Current Models 2. Method and Setting 3. Pupil Activity in Context 4. Pupil Goals and Interests in School 5. Swots and Dossers 6. Conclusions; Appendix; Bibliography; Index
This set of 62 volumes, originally published between 1959 and 2005, amalgamates a wide breadth on the sociology of education, with a particular focus on culture, class and curriculum theory. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.