Inside-school explanations

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Inside-school explanations
1) Teacher labelling
This research comes from Interactionists sociologists who argue that the way to understand
society is not to start at the top but to start at the bottom and analyse the ways people
interact with each other.
Interactionists argue that human behaviour is not determined by society- individuals have
agency (the ability to act how they want to) - people create society through their own
Interactionists study what is actually happening in schools: studying the interactions
between teachers and pupils, and between pupils and pupils in the classroom.
Interactionists explanations are based on `labelling theory' (categorizing or stereotyping
individuals or groups can seriously affect their behaviour) ­teachers judge pupils by not their
ability or intelligence but by characteristic such as class.


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