Immigration and education : a study of an Asian community and a comprehensive school.
This thesis attempts to demonstrated that implicit in the
process of schooling is a model of the individual and that'
performance can be related to the pupil's embodiment of that
theoretical cultural archetype. I attempt to establish this
through a study of an Asian community and the comprehensive
school which served them.
The community was made up largely of Asians from east Africa
including-Hindus, Sikhs and Moslems. The majority community
was Hindu and this is the group I mainly describe in my
report on the community. A large part of the thesis is
concerned with describing aspects of schooling. Specifically,
the power structure, the nature of school knowledge and the
curriculum (in order to-discover the goals of the institution):
and the nature of school's demands on pupils. As the
Asian pupils were newcomers to the UK school system there
is some discussion of indigenous English pupils*'understanding
of schooling as they, unlike the Asians, were historically
and culturally continuous with the institution. I try and
demonstrate the thesis-by describing how the collectively
orientated Asian pupils conceived of and operated within
an educational system which'n"its day to day life presupposed
as natural the more personally distinct European individual.
The study was conducted in a home counties new town referred to in the text as Broadmere Town. At the time of the study
the Asian population was a small minority and race
relations were generally described as 'good'. The two main
Hindu Jati were the agricultural caste Patidar from
Gujarat (Kaira district) who took the name Patel and a barber
caste from the same area mainly, named payee excepting a
small sub-caste called Limbachia.
The school was a traditionally orientated large comprehensive
with two thousand pupils on the roll of which only
approximately five per cent were Asian.