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Ethnic inequalities in social mobility

Black and Asian Muslim children are less likely to get professional jobs, despite doing better at school, according to an official government report carried out by the Social Mobility Commission.  This blog post summarizes this recent news article (December 2016) which … Continue reading

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The Myth of Meritocracy and the Structure of Luck

This recent Thinking Allowed podcast summarises a recently published book –Success and Luck: Good Fortune and the Myth of Meritocracy by Robert H. Frank The key message of the book is that almost everyone who succeeds (in education, or business … Continue reading

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Sociology in the News – Focus on Education

A couple of interesting items in the news this week about the pros and cons of strict systems of education. This article from the Daily Mail outlines the strict social-control policies at the The Michaela Community School (a free school) … Continue reading

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AS and First Year A Level Sociology – Whole Course Overview

An overview of the entire course for AS and first year A level sociology covering the following ‘modules’: Education with applied research methods (‘methods in context‘) Research methods Families and Households. The overview below is taken directly from the AQA’s … Continue reading

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Sociological Explanations of Educational Underachievement

This post attempts to demonstrate what sociology is by examining how the discipline approaches one particular issue – why some children do worse at school than others…from a sociological perspective, educational failure is not simply down to the individual! The … Continue reading

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The Marxist Perspective on Crime

‘The real criminals in this society are not all the people who populate the prisons across the state, but those people who have stolen the wealth of the world from the people’ (Angela Davis, former leader of the Black Panthers). … Continue reading

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The Feminist Perspective on Education (UK Focus)

The Feminist perspective on Education Liberal Feminists celebrate the progress made so far in improving girls’ achievement. They essentially believe that the ‘Future is now Female’ and now that girls are outperforming boys in education, it is only a matter … Continue reading

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Postmodern and Late Modern Views of Education – A Summary

The Postmodernist View of Education  Postmodernists stand against universalising education systems – it there is no one truth, then it is not appropriate to have a one size fits all education system. Modernist education is oppressive to many students – … Continue reading

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Assess the Marxist View of the Role of Education in Society

Assess the Marxist View of the Role of Education in Society According to Marxists, modern societies are Capitalist, and are structured along class-lines, and such societies are divided into two major classes – The Bourgeois elite who own and control … Continue reading

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Functionalist, Marxist and New Right Perspectives on Education

A brief video I put together to help revise the Functionalist, Marxist and New Right Perspectives on Education – basically just some key points and evaluations for each of these sociological theories. Functionalism – Social solidarity, skills for work, bridge … Continue reading

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