Constants and contexts in pupil experience of learning and schooling: Comparing learners in England, France and Denmark

MJ Osborn

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Abstract

The article reports on some key findings of a major research project which examines the relationship between national educational values as these are mediated by the school context, teacher beliefs and classroom processes, and eventually translated into pupil perspectives on learning and schooling. These findings are drawn from questionnaires to 1,800 secondary school pupils in England, France and Denmark, and from individual and group interviews with a smaller sample of pupils in each country. Through an examination of pupil perspectives on the purposes of schooling and on themselves as learners, the article explores the significance of the cultural context in which learning occurs. It considers the extent to which there are significant differences related to the national context, or whether pupils' experience of schooling is becoming more similar as they try to construct their identities as learners and as adolescents and to negotiate pathways which lead to success on the dimensions of academic achievement, peer status and social conformity. 'Constants' and 'contexts' of pupil experience in the three countries are identified, together with some of the factors which influence the development of a learner identity.
Translated title of the contributionConstants and contexts in pupil experience of learning and schooling: Comparing learners in England, France and Denmark
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)267 - 278
Number of pages12
JournalComparative Education
Volume37 (3)
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2001

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Publisher: Routledge

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