This study note summarises the key findings of this study into education and ethnicity and social class.
Managed trust: Interactions between the parents and school – trusting the teachers to provide the best experience for their children, but intervening when this fell below expectations
Symbolic violence: The rejection of an individual’s tastes and attitudes as deficient or undesirable
Power-holders: Those with the power in education, mostly headteachers – indicative of unequal relationships between parents, pupils and teachers on the grounds of ethnicity
What does this explain?
Black middle-class parents have the social and cultural capital to challenge stereotypes of black children within the education system in order to achieve the best outcomes for their children.
Demonstrates that institutional racism is not solely located within the lower social classes.
How is this achieved?
Utilising social and cultural capital to adopt a middle-class response to the problems faced within the education system. Acting like the white middle class helped them to negotiate these issues.
What evidence is there to support this?
Research into institutional racism and low expectations of black pupils – Gillborn, Coard.
How might we evaluate this idea?
Comparisons with white middle-class experience of education: 72.7% achieving benchmark of 5 GCSES vs 61.6% of black Caribbean middle-class pupils.
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