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Rationing education : policy, practice, reform and equity / David Gillborn, Deborah Youdell

Main Author Gillborn, David Coauthor Youdell, Deborah Country Reino Unido. Publication Buckingham : Open University Press, 2000 Description XIII, 253 p. : il. gráficos ; 23 cm ISBN 0-335-20360-4 CDU 37.014
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

"This research should make us extremely sceptical that the constant search for 'higher standards' and for ever-increasing achievement scores can do much more than put in place seemingly neutral devices for restratification." - Michael W Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Recent educational reforms have raised standards of achievement but have also resulted in growing inequalities based on 'race' and social class. School-by-school 'league tables' play a central role in the reforms. These have created an A-to-C economy where schools and teachers are judged on the proportion of students attaining five or more grades at levels A-to-C. To satisfy these demands schools are embracing new and ever more selective attempts to identify 'ability'. Their assumptions and practices embody a new IQism: a simple , narrow and regressive ideology of intelligence that labels working class and minority students as likely failures and justifies rationing provision to support those (often white, middle class boys) already marked for success.

This book reports detailed research in two secondary schools showing the real costs of reform in terms of the pressures on teachers and the rationing of educational opportunity. It will be important reading for any teacher, researcher or policymaker with an interest in equality in education.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Acknowledgements (p. viii)
  • Key to transcripts (p. x)
  • List of figures and tables (p. xi)
  • 1 Education and equity (p. 1)
  • 2 Reforming education: policy and practice (p. 16)
  • 3 Ability and economy: defining 'ability' in the A-to-C economy (p. 42)
  • 4 Selection 11-14: fast groups, 'left-over' mixed ability and the subject options process (p. 67)
  • 5 Selection 14-16: sets, tiers, hidden ceilings and floors (p. 98)
  • 6 Educational triage and the D-to-C conversion: suitable cases for treatment? (p. 133)
  • 7 Pupils' experiences and perspectives: living with the rationing of education (p. 165)
  • 8 Conclusions: rationing education (p. 197)
  • Notes (p. 223)
  • References (p. 233)
  • Name index (p. 245)
  • Subject index (p. 248)

Author notes provided by Syndetics

Deborah Youdell is Research Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London.

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