Social class and pedagogy: a model for the investigation of pedagogic variation

SOURCE: British Journal of Sociology of Education
OUTPUT TYPE: Journal Article
PUBLICATION YEAR: 2008
TITLE AUTHOR(S): U.Hoadley
KEYWORDS: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION, LITERACY, PEDAGOGY, SOCIAL PROBLEMS
Print: HSRC Library: shelf number 5010
HANDLE: 20.500.11910/5668

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Abstract

This article addresses an enduring concern in the sociology of education: how social class differences are reproduced through schooling. In particular it focuses on the functioning of pedagogy in this regard. The article presents a model that elucidates the inner logic of pedagogy in order to reveal the structuring of inequality with respect to different groups of students. Theoretical concepts are drawn from the work of Bernstein, Dowling (1998) and Pedro (1981). An analysis considering the relay of social class differences, what is relayed, and its organizational form is undertaken with respect to working class and middle class children learning literacy in a sample of South African primary schools.