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Title: ‘Modernising the comprehensive principle’: selection, setting and the institutionalisation of educational failure
Authors: Araújo, Marta 
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Project: Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia 
BD/15537/97 
Serial title, monograph or event: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Volume: 28
Issue: 2
Abstract: This paper examines issues of selection, merging an analysis of policy with data from a qualitative case study. It focuses on the ‘modernisation of the comprehensive principle’ proposed by New Labour, in which selection within schools (through setting ‘by ability’) is increasingly encouraged. Data collected at an inner‐city, multi‐ethnic comprehensive school are used to illustrate how discourses on selection are being reworked locally. The school was largely supportive of setting, despite some teachers acknowledging that the practice prioritised high‐achieving pupils with perceived ‘good attitudes’. In the form under study, setting involved disadvantaged pupils from ethnic‐minority backgrounds, particularly those who received support in English as an Additional Language. It is concluded that setting did not contribute to an inclusive agenda for education, in spite of government claims of increased ‘standards for all’.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10316/42627
ISSN: 0142-5692
1465-3346
DOI: 10.1080/01425690701192752
10.1080/01425690701192752
Rights: openAccess
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