Analysing Underachievement in Schools

Analysing Underachievement in Schools

by Emma Smith


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Analysing Underachievement in Schools by Emma Smith

Underachievement in school is one of the widely used terms in education today. As a discourse it has responsible for influencing government policy and staffroom discussions, as well as the pages of academic journals and the TES. It is also a subject which raises questions about what we expect from a fair and equitable education system. Analysing Underachievement in Schools provides a critical analysis of two sides of the underachievement debate, at each of the three levels of focus - international, the UK and he individual. On the one hand, it considers the 'crisis' account of falling standards and failing pupils and, on the other, presents an alternative which urges a re-evaluation of the underachievement debate in order to consider who might be underachieving and why.

About the Author:
Dr Emma Smith is Lecturer in Educational Studies at York University

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826494870
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/15/2007
Series: Empirical Studies in Education Series
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.36(w) x 9.12(h) x 0.69(d)

About the Author

Emma Smith is Lecturer in Education at the University of Birmingham, UK.

Table of Contents

List of tables     vi
List of figures     viii
Peface     ix
Introducing underachievement     1
Underachievement and national educational crisis accounts     8
Reconsidering the 'failing nation' debates     30
Failing boys and 'moral panics'     60
Reconsidering underachieving students     82
What is underachievement?     105
Measuring underachievement     117
Measuring low achievement     135
Understanding underachievement     142
So, what works? Strategies to close the achievement gap     155
Further details of research methods     174
Multiple regression model for identifying underachieving students     179
Profiles of students who were identified as underachieving     182
Glossary of terms and acronyms     186
References     187
Index     209

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