‘Process’ and Educational Analysis

Smith R. (1987) ‘Process’ and Educational Analysis. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 8 4: 391-405. doi:10.1080/0142569870080403

Author Smith R.
Title ‘Process’ and Educational Analysis
Journal name British Journal of Sociology of Education   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1465-3346
Publication date 1987-12-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0142569870080403
Volume 8
Issue 4
Start page 391
End page 405
Total pages 15
Language eng
Subject 3304 Education
3312 Sociology and Political Science
Abstract The intention of this paper is to investigate the use of the term ‘process’ in educational analysis. Drawing on a model proposed by Apple & Weis (1985) for conceptualising ideological reproduction in education the paper argues that ‘process’ is in greater need of clarification than the terms to which it refers. The claim is that process’ has become a taken-for-granted but untheorised term in writing about ideology in particular and has become what Ardener (1978) calls, a ‘language shadow’. By this he means a metaphoric circumlocution that ambiguously sketches ideas that are beyond the capacity of real language to express. To this extent, process’ masks rather than explicates the very mechanisms that are said to set in motion terms such as ideology. Consequently, it is argued that the process model of Apple & Weis requires additional elements for the theoretical explanation of ideological reproduction and for establishing a fit between the model and the world it depicts. Finally, the paper attempts to extend Apple & Weis's analysis by proposing a closer focus on the discursive practices of schools so that their complexity is accounted for in theoretical models.
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