Teachers' Social Class, Professional Dispositions and Pedagogic Practice

Aug. 25, 2009

"This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol. 25 No. 6, Authors: Ursula Hoadley and Paula Ensor, "Teachers' Social Class, Professional Dispositions and Pedagogic Practice", Pages 876-886, Copyright Elsevier
(August 2009)”.

Through theoretically driven case studies, the research reported here considers the ways in which students in different social class settings are inducted into school knowledge.
The paper brings to the centre the social class positioning of teachers in considering their role in schooling processes.

The central question of the paper is whether the authors can establish
a relationship between teachers' own social class backgrounds, their professional dispositions and their pedagogic practice.
The interest emerges from a long-standing assumption that teachers are middle class, and reproduce the practices associated with that social location.

The paper is exploratory and is not able to provide a definitive answer to the question of the relationship between class, professional disposition and pedagogic practice.

Although it suggests a relationship between teachers' social class position and schooling practices, the main contribution of the paper is to offer a metric for exploring the issue further. That is, through a specifically selected sample, the paper provides a means for considering the implications of teachers social class background, professional dispositions and pedagogic practice for the processes of the reproduction of social inequality, and its interruption.

Updated: Dec. 09, 2009