Anti-School Subcultures In Schools

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ociology Asses the views that factors and processes within the school are the main cause of differences in educational achievement of different social groups. Within educational institutions it is clear that inequities exist between different social groups, an example of this being ethnicity, where we find that many groups do extremely well such as, those of Chinese and Indian heritage, who outperform their white counterparts, however Pakistani Bangladeshi and Black Caribbean, do significantly worse in examinations and are underrepresented in Universities. Inequalities also exist between gender, whereby girls now outperform boys at every level, as well as with class, where those from working class backgrounds, tend to underachieve in comparison to their working class counterparts. Sociologists have outlined a number of factors…show more content…
As a result they subvert the schools culture to gain access to a higher status. Some also argue that anti-school subcultures are used as a coping strategy for the constraints placed on the different group. These different processes result in individuals being disruptive and challenging due to the subverted culture, which leads to them being excluded from the institution, creating inequalities within class. Teacher expectations within educational institutions can also impact social groups achievement. Becker talks about the ideal students. She interviewed 60 Chicago high school- teachers finding that their expectations of the ideal student had similar characteristics. This can be drawback to those who do not meet their expectations of being ‘ideal student’ due to possible factors such as class, gender or ethnicity. As a result they may subject to the self-fulfilling prophecy, due to negative labelling, leading to a high rate of underachievement in certain social

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