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"Examine the ways in which teachers attitudes can affect the educational achievement of pupils"

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"Examine the ways in which teachers attitudes can affect the educational achievement of pupils" Class, gender and ethnicity make a considerable difference to the educational achievement of pupils. Teachers attitudes can perpetuate these and therefore make a difference to the educational qualifications and grades pupils achieve. The idea of equality of opportunity has been conformed since 1944 when the education act was introduced. We have to understand it is inevitable that some pupils achieve more then others, this is in terms of the individual. However the point is whether there is a justifiable reason into why the educational performance of one group in our society can be superior to that of another? Weather this be due to Intelligence, social strata, education, area, social class, gender, ethnic group or teaching this can all have a perpetual effect on the educational achievement of a pupil. Sociologists such as Douglas, Boudon, Bourdieu, Becker and Bernstein have come up with evidence to prove in several ways that these facts can have an over all affect on performance. ...read more.

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In some situations teacher's attention can have an astounding effect on a pupil's success. The labelling theory is a similar concept. This is used to describe the way social actors label other social actors. The normal labeller being the teacher and the labelled the pupil. Becker has proved that teachers have an image of the perfect stereotypical pupil, the courteous, hardworking, academically able polite student. Students are labelled from the moment they start school, therefore if a child is labelled to not be the perfect student this child may take on this role for the rest of their life. Labelling is difficult to escape, pupils begin to accept there labels, therefore effecting behaviour and self esteem. This all outlines the influence teachers have on not only the academic or educational achievement of a pupil, but the behaviour and attitude of pupils. This can have an effect on education in society, reinforcing ideas that may have happened to parents, therefore creating an anti-school culture. ...read more.

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This shows how Intellect can have no real importance and that teacher attitudes make a considerable difference. The whole idea of teacher's attitudes having an effect on the achievement of a pupil is interesting. It is fascinating how generally the higher a pupils social class the higher the level of attainment therefore expectations, therefore achievement. How teachers tend to have low expectations of black students and how teachers spend less time with interactions between females then males. The idea of pupil subcultures and the way sociologists have pointed out the way pupils respond to values, attitudes and behaviour just shows pupil subculture usually differs to the dominant culture of the school. Bonding and setting seems in a way unjust but without another logical option is the only way. The majority of teachers preferring to teach the higher sets can also effect pupils thro a emotional way. In conclusion I believe the ways in which I have examined a teacher's attitude towards a pupil to prove correct. All the above values and terms are still very much going on everyday, with the effects affecting pupils everyday, hence, effecting there educational performance through the attitude of the teacher. ...read more.

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