A hyperreflexive blog focussing on critical sociology, infographics, Buddhism and extreme early retirement

The truancy map of England and Wales (infographics evaluation)

Posted by Realsociology on 20th December 2014

A new blog-theme I’m getting into  – A critical look at infographics – Mostly going to focus on education for the coming months… In 2012 Simon Rogers from The Guardian put together this Interactive truancy map of England and Wales which was constructed by ‘mashing together’ two data sets from the Department for Education: truancy figures [...]

Posted in Education, Infographics | No Comments »

A few thoughts on ICT, digital media and stratification in education

Posted by Realsociology on 27th September 2014

In its recent report, OFCOM describe young people as prolific users of digital media, with the vast majority of young people perceiving digital technologies in highly positive ways, and approximately 25% reporting that they see ICT as the key to their future career. (OFCOM 2013, see also Logicalis 2013). This widespread enthusiastic adoption of digital [...]

Posted in Education | No Comments »

Pointillist Time, Blase Attitudes and Anomic Melancholy – why today’s students struggle to see the relevance of education

Posted by Realsociology on 19th October 2013

  Zygmunt Bauman: Liquid modern challenges to education. Lecture given at the coimbra group annual conference – Padova, 26 may 2011 This lecture mostly focusses on outlining the ways in which young people today experience life in a profoundly different way to previous generations, and how this experience is inseperable from consumer culture and hyperculture. [...]

Posted in But what can I do?, Changing Britain, Education | 1 Comment »

Does Britain really have some of the highest paid teachers in the world?

Posted by Realsociology on 27th June 2013

According this article in the Torygraph – Britain has some of the highest paid teachers in the world. To cite from the article, which draws on OECD data: “Primary school teachers in England are among the youngest in the world but they still earn almost £4,000 more on average than their counterparts across the rest of [...]

Posted in Education | No Comments »

20 teenagers sitting in a room

Posted by Realsociology on 25th November 2012

This isn’t a particularly informative post, more of a spontaneous expression of an epiphany moment (although one without the elation). The epiphany comes in the form of a question – Is there any worse way of getting teenagers to concentrate than sitting them in a room with 19 other teenagers and one adult for four and a [...]

Posted in Education, My 'life' | 1 Comment »

Twitter as a revision tool in ten tweets

Posted by Realsociology on 4th May 2012

-      Twitter as an educational tool in ten tweets – I’m getting my students used to using twitter as an educational tool this week. I’ll be getting them work through the following questions. I’m doing this with my A2 Global Development other educators should be able to modify this for their own subjects… Initial steps [...]

Posted in Education | No Comments »

Cultural Deprivation’s the Devil

Posted by Realsociology on 3rd May 2012

Oh the comforts of revision – I finally get to really hand over to the students and spend my prep time creating these cartoons – becoming something of a yearly ritual now – In this one a Green devil like creature explains how cultural deprivation affects educational achievement. Please note the cunning use of the [...]

Posted in Education, Things I like | No Comments »

Bears plan to reproduce class inequality

Posted by Realsociology on 16th May 2011

To ‘help’ students with their revision for the forthcoming AS Education and Research Methods exam – some of the ways in which middle class parents may use their cultural and material capital to advantage their children in education

Posted in Education | No Comments »

Social class and educational achievement essay plan

Posted by Realsociology on 30th March 2011

Assess the extent to which home based, rather than school – based factors account for social class based differences in educational achievement (20) Let this post stand as a monument to how much I hate marking essays – I just spent 20 minutes writing it – the unconscious motivation obviously being to avoid marking four dozen with same [...]

Posted in Education, Essay Plans | 3 Comments »

On the benefits of burning your children’s stuffed animals

Posted by Realsociology on 22nd January 2011

Amy Chua’s latest book – Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother – argues against the weak, cuddling, Western parenting style, making the case that the much stricter approach of Chinese parents is superior. Some of the rules she subjected her own daughters to included – Never letting them attend sleepovers Never having ‘playdates’ never watching [...]

Posted in Book reviews, summaries and excerpts, Education, Ethnicity | No Comments »