By Rob Webb, Hal Westergaard
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These differences are reinforced by the way teachers respond to them. Epstein explains that girls, on average, achieve better results in English because they are more familiar with the kind of imaginative and story-based material in reading schemes. They are more successful with GCSE English coursework because it demands descriptive writing and not information. Boys are more used to information texts. Murphy and Elwood found that boys are more confident with scientific equipment in school because they are more likely to play with electrical equipment and gadgets at home.
Processes within the education system itself. Douglas identifies the major external causes of working class underachievement as cultural and material deprivation. e. lack of encouragement from parents), and poor housing conditions. Linguistic deprivation has also been identified as a cause. Bernstein distinguishes between restricted and elaborated codes of speech, suggesting that children from working class backgrounds are less successful in education because they lack the ability to understand and express abstract ideas.
Curran’s findings support the structuralist explanation. For example, the popular press avoids serious discussion of politics because a formula of sex, sport and scandal is more attractive to advertisers. Equally, editorial advice about investment planning in financial papers provides an attractive context for companies to advertise financial products. The recent growth of global and interactive media, such as satellite, cable and the Internet, has greatly increased the number of media channels throughout the world.
As Sociology (Instant Revision) by Rob Webb, Hal Westergaard