A2/ A-Level Sociology - Relationships and Processes

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1. What did Fuller say about labelling theory?

  • Negative labelling can have positive response - pupils can work against labels
  • Labelling is always negative and forces most pupils to form deviant subcultures
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2. What is 'teacher agency'?

  • Where teachers are deeply influenced by middle class values to form an educational identity
  • The power and influence teachers have over their pupils
  • The recruitment system for teachers

3. How does 'setting and streaming' affect pupils?

  • Primarily WC pupils are placed in lower streams - hinders confidence, lower aspirations than MC pupils.
  • Pupils are separated from confident social groups - affects their progression

4. What did Hargreaves observe about teacher/pupil relationships?

  • Teachers were biased in their observations of pupils - labelling based on class, appearance etc.
  • Teachers would welcome both MC and WC pupils and give them equal opportunities

5. What did Willis study?

  • Working class boys in macho subculture acted against teachers to prove masculinity and status
  • Black boys formed rebellious subcultures in response to racial stereotypes
  • Black female pupils acted upon their labels and worked against them to achieve further.


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