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Title: An investigation of policy and practice in the primary school
Author: Lance, Ann Catherine
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2007
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This study investigates policy and practice in the primary school in England. It examines policy which is made at central government level and considers how modemisation is impacting on primary schools. It also looks at the potential of practitioners within schools to use their agency within the modernisation process. It offers explanations about the interplay between modernisation and professional practice using Bourdieu's concepts of cultural and social capital, habitus and misrecognition. This small-scale qualitative study was carried out through fieldwork in two primary schools. Interviews, observation and documentary analysis were used to build a case study of Victoria and Copse schools. The findings are that the schools are engaging in projects, related both to the curriculum and to children's emotional and physical needs, which afford a wide range of opportunities for their pupils and increase their cultural and social capital. There is clear evidence that practitioners are using their agency to shape the curriculum at school level to meet the needs of their pupils. However, it is also evident that, to varying levels, misrecognition is at play within the schools which influences practitioner confidence in developing innovative practice.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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