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Weekly Digest

Thursday, May 12th, 2016

All the links that caught our eye this past week in one handy post…

Sociology

Education

Failure discourse: Govt must launch royal commission into ‘failing’ state system, says private school head”

Methods in Context Mark Scheme

Government backs down over plan to make all schools academies

Thousands of supply teachers could lose out on more than £200 a month owing to changes to tax relief rules

Professionalisation of governance: “Without parent governors, schools face uphill battle to engage families”

The impact of longer school days

I’ve seen the future and it doesn’t look good: “I Teach At A For-Profit College: 5 Ridiculous Realities”

Students who use digital devices in class ‘perform worse in exams’

Genes that influence how long you stay in education uncovered by study

Crime

Manchester’s Heroin Haters – Vigilante violence?

Insecure working as social harm? Some thoughts on theorising low paid service work from a harm perspective

Revealed: London’s new violent crime hotspots

Chief Constable confirms election expenses probe involves 2 Cornish MPs, and his own boss

Street crime resources

Extending the Web: “Legal highs brought low as councils use banning orders to curb use”

Tough talk on crime has led to a crisis in Britain’s prisons

Corporate / White-collar crime “David Cameron to introduce new corporate money-laundering offence”

Wealth, Poverty, Welfare

Poverty by Design? “Sink estates are not sunk – they’re starved of funding”

Top 25 hedge fund managers earned $13bn in 2015 – more than some nations

Media

18 Baffling Tropes Hollywood Can’t Stop Using

Selling Shame: 40 Outrageous Vintage Ads Any Woman Would Find Offensive | Mental Floss UK

The General Strike to Corbyn: 90 years of BBC establishment bias

How to Fabricate Front Page News

Social Inequality

Class, Culture and Education – a good discussion piece for students: “Why working-class actors are a disappearing breed”

Example of different type of discrimination: “Blacklisted workers win £10m payout from construction firms”

Tax havens have no economic justification, say top economists

A Sandwich and a Milkshake? Interesting discussion point for UK inequality / tax cuts for wealthy

Methods

Statistical Artefact: Useful research Methods example “Fewer people die in hospital at weekends, study finds”

Family

Childhood / sexualistion  /media: “Magazine under fire for swimsuit tips for pre-teen girls”

Psychology

Epigenetics: “Identical twins may have more differences than meet the eye”

Esteller study: “How epigenetics affects twins” | The Scientist Magazine

The uses and misuses of “growth mindset”

Miscellaneous

The way you’re revising may let you down in exams – and here’s why

A psychologist reveals his tips for effective revision

Britain at a glance – lots of lovely data in easy-to-read formats!

How to create better study habits that work for you

 

Education and gender stereotyping

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

This short article (based on research by Lavy and Sandm, 2015) is a simple introduction to some of the ways gender stereotypes are perpetuated in early-years schooling.

The research can also be linked to the work done by writers such as Rosenthal and Jacobson (Pygmalion in the Classroom: 1968) in exploring the significance of labelling and self-fulfilling prophecies as this relates to differential educational achievement.

If you want to build on these ideas, our short film The End of Childhood? features Jane Pilcher talking about her research on the sexualisation of young girls and how they understand gender stereotyping.

Should we be tracking our children?

Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Short article identifying some of the ethical and moral issues surrounding this debate.tracking

And if you want to cover the issues in a little more depth and with a sociological context?

Check out “Childhood and New Technology

The Media and Moral Panics

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

Children and the Media 2: Cinema – The Darkness on the Edge of Town.

The second part of our sprint through media and moral panics in the 20th century builds on the notion of childhood innocence established in Part 1 by linking ideas about age to the rise and development of cinema. In particular, Prof. Chas. Critcher outlines some of the forces – such as moral entrepreneurs / cultural guardians – and ideas behind the development of various forms of “soft censorship” through age classifications.

The Bailey Report

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

The Bailey Report (Letting Children Be Children, 2014) highlights a range of issues (and moral concerns bordering on panics) around families, children, childhood and the media that form the basis for interesting discussions around both contemporary family life and wider social developments.

The research methodology – particularly the use of online parental surveys – is also a fruitful area for more general discussions about the reliability and validity of particular research methods.

The Independent has a short report that raises some broad questions about family, children and media (including the perennial “influence of sex and violence” on child development).

Alternatively, you can download the full report (that includes a handy summary).

And if you want to add a visual dimension to the subject Bailey’s report features in our short film “The End of Childhood?” available on DVD and On-Demand.