Engaging with classed injustices in education
19 September 2019, 1:30 pm–3:00 pm
Professor Louise Archer explores how gender, ethnicity and class combine in working class students' struggle for intelligibility in the classroom.
B171-19 Torrington PlaceLondonWC1E 7HB
Science is often considered an 'elite', high status subject. Working class students, particularly young women and some minority ethnic groups, are starkly under-represented in the subject at post-16 level.
This talk unpicks how the educational field excludes these groups and how celebrated notions of the 'good science student' are gendered, racialised and classed. As a result, it is difficult for working-class students to be recognised - and to recognise themselves - as 'real' scientists.
Professor Archer draws from observation, interview and discussion data collected over an academic year from 59 students in 8 urban secondary school science classrooms in London and Newcastle. She will discuss the implications of the data for 'widening participation' policy and practice.
This seminar is part of the Social Mobility and Access to Higher Education series, organised by the UCL Access and Widening Participation team. The seminars provide a space for debate and analysis of current issues affecting policy, practice and research in widening access and social mobility.
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About the Speaker
Professor Louise Archer
Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education at UCL Institute of Education
Professor Archer's research focuses on educational identities and inequalities. She is the director of a number of large national studies on young people and science participation.More about Professor Louise Archer