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Title: Early Years Learning, play pedagogy and social class
Authors: Stirrup, Julie
Evans, John
Davies, Brian
Keywords: Social class
Early Years Education
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Taylor & Francis
Citation: STIRRUP, J., EVANS, J. and DAVIES, B., 2017. Early Years Learning, play pedagogy and social class. British Journal of Sociology of Education, DOI:10.1080/01425692.2016.1182010
Abstract: Despite 50 and more years of ‘progressive education’ in the UK, classed patterns of educational success and failure stubbornly prevail. So how, where and when does it all go wrong for the many children who continue to fail or underachieve? Drawing on the work of Basil Bernstein this paper centers processes within early years’ education, which are claimed to help launch children on careers as either educational successes or failures. Our data suggest that in the progressive play pedagogies of Early Years Education (EYE) children more or less happily play their lives away, in the process learning their position in social and ability hierarchies that help define their future careers in and outside schools. That such hierarchies prevail is neither fault of teachers nor parents. Indeed, it is what EYE settings are legitimized to do; sieve and sort, make children ‘school ready’, pliant and prepared for a lifetime of learning to succeed or fail.
Description: This paper is embargoed until December 2017.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1080/01425692.2016.1182010
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/21049
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01425692.2016.1182010
ISSN: 0142-5692
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