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If children are to succeed and progress at school, schools and teachers need to understand how children experience the classroom. What do they think? How does school make them feel? This book brings together the author’s work on children’s classroom experiences in a variety of contexts. The author uses student voice to show what children think of classrooms, tasks, tests and exams, and how this impacts their experience of schooling. Can the classroom experience be transformative for children’s life chances, or is it a trap? Schools and teachers need to take account of student perspectives in the primary school to make it the best experience possible.
Chapter 5: Social Class in the Classroom
Social Class in the Classroom
‘People laughed at me every single day for two weeks [for being in the ‘lowest’ group] … it was me and Yvonne who were treated like nothing. (Curtis, year 6)’
Chapters 1 to 4 have made connections between children having a voice in the classroom (Chapter 1) and children’s autonomy in learning (Chapter 3). Chapter 2 illustrated how children’s autonomy and their capacity to nurture it were restricted by a long-standing culture of authoritarianism in classrooms the world over. In these, pupils have little say over their classroom learning, they have limited autonomy and they tend to feel fear, all of which have clear negative effects on learning autonomy. In Chapter 4, children’s words were presented ...