Class, Education, and Mindset.

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This brief article discusses the implications of social class on mindset and educational opportunities and considers the influential role that attitude can play. Class is explored in relation to its impact on societal positioning and its potential to act as an educational constraint. Schools, it is argued, often lack opportunities to facilitate the production of knowledge, whereupon they act mostly as mechanisms for reproducing societal inequalities. Moreover, a poor individual mindset – often constructed through a process of labelling and a self-fulfilling prophecy – can perpetuate an already problematic situation. It is argued that through the promotion of student empowerment, schools can be reconceptualised as sites of knowledge production, and thus apparatuses for the challenging of inequitable reproduction.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)138-143
JournalPrism: Casting New Light on Learning, Theory and Practice
Issue number1
Early online date17 Oct 2018
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 17 Oct 2018


  • Class
  • social mobility
  • a mindset


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