Analysing Underachievement in Schools (New edition)

Analysing Underachievement in Schools (New edition)

By: Emma Smith (author)Paperback

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Underachievement in school is one of the most widely used terms in education today. As a discourse, it has been responsible for influencing government policy, 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. This book provides a critical analysis of two sides of the underachievement debate, at each of the three levels of focus - international, the UK and the individual. On the one hand, it will consider the 'crisis' account; of falling standards and failing pupils and, on the other, present an alternative account, which urges a re-evaluation of the underachievement debate in order to consider who might be underachieving and why.

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


1. Underachievement in context; Part 1: Underachievement: An international perspective; 2. The falling nations debate; 3. Reconsidering international comparisons; Part 2: Falling standards and failing pupils?; 4. Failing boys and moral practices; 5. Reevaluating underachievement; 6. Underachieving working class boys?; Part 3: Understanding underachievement; 7. Reconceptualising 'underachievement'; 8. Recommendations for practice.

Product Details

  • publication date: 15/03/2007
  • ISBN13: 9780826494870
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780826494870
  • weight: 349
  • ISBN10: 0826494870
  • edition: New edition

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