Jennifer price education system and cultural capital essay plan

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Jennifer price education system and cultural capital essay plan

  1. 1. DOES THE BRITISH EDUCATIONSYSTEM PLAY A PART INREPRODUCING CLASSDIFFERENCES? CRITICALLYDISCUSS WITH REFERENCE TO THECONCEPT OF ‘CULTURAL CAPITAL’.BY JENNIFER PRICE
  2. 2. PICKING OUT THE IMPORTANT BITSDoes the British education system play apart in reproducing class differences?Critically discuss with reference to the conceptof ‘cultural capital’.
  3. 3. INTRODUCTION Pierre Bourdieu’s concept of cultural capital Gave my own definition Gave a direct quote from Bourdieu Explained the quote in my own words e.g how it isrelevant to education Gave an example of why it was relevant e.g how idea of‘social space’ Sum up his main argument (how educationalachievements are not innate but inherited through capital) Breif sentence introducing the main text and how this willhelp demonstrate the british education system, classdifferences and cultural capital
  4. 4. MAIN BODY- FOCUSING IN 4 TEXTS Diane Reay ‘Cultural Trends’ Fiona Devine ‘How parents help theirchildren get good jobs’ Gillborn ‘Race, class and genderintersections in the educational experiencesof the black middle class’ Bourdieu ‘Education, culture, economy andsociety’
  5. 5. MAIN BODY – EXAMPLES OF EDUCATIONPOLICIES IN BRITAIN Gifted and talented programmes (found byReay), explain the intended aim of thepolicy, discuss what Reay actually found inher research and what this showed inrelation to Boudieu’s cultural capital Then look at critics e.g Gillborn not classinequalities but race inequalities in gifted andtalented and explain what this shows
  6. 6. FURTHERMORE… Expand on Gillborns argument about raceand why this is the case (low teacherexpectations towards ethnic minorities) usingsenarios in his text Show how this contests Bourdieu’s conceptof cultural capital (despite ethnic minoritiesclass they were still disadvantaged in theeducation system)
  7. 7. INTRODUCE NEXT POLICY Parental involvement, explain intended aimof the policy, use examples of research byReay and how this policy only works ifparents are educated properly Relate to Bourieu’s cultural capital (Reay’sresearch demonstrates his theory) Criticise with Gillborn’s examples of race(e.g despite a middle-class mother beingeducated, her son was still disadvantaged inschool)
  8. 8. MAIN BODY Criticise Bourdieu with Fiona Devine Explain her argument (class is not important whentrying to succeed in education) and how this contestsBourdieu’s cultural capital Discuss Goldthrope and how middle-class use theireconomic capital to help them succeed Expand argument with examples from Reay E.g economic capital used to move to goodcatchment areas and can chose private education Explain in terms of education system and how middleclass are still more advantaged over working-class
  9. 9. CONCLUSION- WEIGH UP ARGUMENTS Britains education systems DOES (to an extent)reproduce class differences (due to examples given) However those with cultural capital but not economiccapital can still succeed in education Explain how class difference are not always the maindifference in education system (e.g Gillborn’sargument of race) as education systems is less rigidaccording to the examples given by Fiona Devine Conclude how Britains education systems mainlybenefits the white middle-class

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