of Educational Research
|On completing the MA course in the Department in 1971-2, I commenced teaching in the Department.|
|Having worked at Lancaster since 1972, I have naturally been involved in teaching at all levels - undergraduate and postgraduate. Currently, I teach and tutor on the first year course. I am jointly responsible for the second term workshop 'Equal Opportunities' . In addition, I run the second/third year undergraduate course - 'Schooling in Contemporary Society' . I am a member of the policy team for the MA course. I also the tutor responsible for the research 'induction' course for overseas students.|
My research interests reside mainly in the classic policy issues and divide into three general areas.
1 class race and gender
2 the school effect
3 the role of higher education in fostering economic and social development
More particularly, my interest is with the assumptions that drive current thinking on these matters. Presently, I am working on the belief that has, for the last twenty years, informed government policy on schools - namely that politicians can 'lift' standards. It is an interest grew out of a consideration of that other and equally popular presumption that regards education, especially higher education, as an economic investment. My long-term intention is to consider the extent to which the grand claims made for education over the years merely reflect the prejudices of the educated. In short, my research interest is driven by a concern with the socially dangerous and economically damaging consequences of the growing preoccupation with education in high places..
The following papers reflect the interests outlined above.
(1974) Teacher Expectations and working class underachievement. British Journal of Sociology, 25(3).
(1978) Education and Equality. Educational Studies, 4(1).
Disparity and Inequality in Education. British Journal of Sociology
of Education, 2(1).
(1981) Class Inequality in Education. British Journal of Sociology, 32(2).
(1982) Cutting back for good. T.H.E.S. 5 November
(1984) Giving ignorance a bad name. T.E.S. 9 November.
Does the difference schools make, make a difference. British Journal of
(1986) Over-rating Inequality. British Journal of Sociology, 37(3).
(1986) Overrating Inequality and Ignoring the Difference. A reply to Mahon. British Journal of Sociology, 37(3), 392-396.
(1987) Reducing Educational Disadvantage. Review Essay. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 57(Pr.2), 257-9.
(1989) Does Inequality Matter - Educationally? In F. Macleod (ed) Parents and Schools: The Contemporary Challenge, 11-30. Falmer Press.
(1989) Race, Education and Intellectual Prejudice in In F. Macleod (ed) Parents and Schools: The Contemporary Challenge, 31-44. Falmer Press.
(1989) Graduation Daze. Feature Article in T.E.S. 20 January.
(1989) A Growing Glut of Graduates. The Times. 10 July.
(1990) The School Effect: facts, figures and artefacts. The International Journal of School Effectiveness, 1(1), 81-86.
A most respectable prejudice - the role of academic preference in post
war policy and research. The British Journal of Sociology, 41(1),
(1990) A nation of swots. The Guardian, 20 March.
(1991) Over-educated and under-employed - British Graduates in the 1990s. Review essay. Journal of Educational Policy 6(2)
(1992) A Most Respectable Prejudice - Reply to Cohen. British Journal of Sociology 43(9), 485-488.
(1992) IMS Graduate Review. Review essay. Journal of Educational Policy 7(1).
(1992) Are standards really falling? Education 179(13), 115-118, March.
(1993) Do we really need more graduates. Education 33(70), July.
A degree of waste: the economic benefits of educational expansion. Oxford
Review of Education 19(1), 9-31.
(1993) A degree of success. Polemic. The Observer. Sunday 15 August
(1993) Dangerous Delusions. Education. July
(1994) Graduates: a burden not a benefit! The Observer Sunday September 10
(1994) A degree of waste: a reply to Johnes. Oxford Review of Education 20(1)
(1994) The Graduate from Mass Higher Education. In S. Haselgrove (ed) The Student Experience. SRHE.
Frogs, Ducks and Tigers. Education. Sept 8
|Currently, I am the Departmental Admissions Tutor.|