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Discuss how Paul Willis has examined the purpose of education in Learning to Labour (1977). You must direct your response to issues in Education Studies.

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  • Submitted: 28/04/2011
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Discuss how Paul Willis has examined the purpose of education. You must direct your response to issues in Education Studies.

Real or fictitious, we are instantly drawn to characters that possess similar qualities to our own, such as personality traits or life experiences or maybe even physical characteristics. Quite often we feel we relate to that individual in a personal way. It makes a biographical or back story line that much more interesting. For these reasons, the story of Paul Willis has appealed to me a great deal. Due to this enhanced and enthusiastic curiosity, I have thoroughly enjoyed researching for the following essay that you are about to read.

On occasion similar individuals come into direct contact. 'Learning to Labour (1977)' by Paul Willis was critically acclaimed for his ethnographic account of the lives of twelve white working class boys floundering their way through the British education system. Willis related to these boys, and it was reciprocated back to him, perhaps making it the reason it was such a success.

With this essay, I intend to explore the ways in which Willis analysed the intention of education. Drawing on his experiences, four key

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