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Social justice and school improvement: improving the quality of schooling in the poorest neighbourhoods

Lupton, Ruth (2005) Social justice and school improvement: improving the quality of schooling in the poorest neighbourhoods. British Educational Research Journal, 31 (5). pp. 589-604. ISSN 0141-1926

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Abstract

Social justice in education demands, at the very least, that all students should have access to the same quality of educational processes, even if their outcomes turn out to be unequal. Yet schools in the poorest neighbourhoods are consistently adjudged to provide a lower quality of education than those in more advantaged areas. Based on a qualitative study of four such schools, this article explores links between the contexts in which they were operating and the quality of education provided. It concludes that high-poverty contexts exert downward pressures on quality, and that consistently high levels of quality in schools in the poorest neighbourhoods need to be assured by policy measures that alter their context or, through greater funding, improve their organisational capacity to respond. Social justice will not be achieved by managerialist policies that seek to improve schools by addressing the performance of managers and staff, without a recognition of the context in which this performance takes place.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/carfax/01411926.ht...
Additional Information: © 2005 British Educational Research Association
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
L Education > L Education (General)
Sets: Research centres and groups > Suntory and Toyota International Centres for Economics and Related Disciplines (STICERD)
Research centres and groups > Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion (CASE)
Rights: http://www.lse.ac.uk/library/usingTheLibrary/academicSupport/OA/depositYourResearch.aspx
Date Deposited: 16 Mar 2010 11:12
URL: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/27410/

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