Course Content (Syllabus)
This course examines the phenomenon of school failure. Definitions of its various historical dimensions are also being provided. The discussion is enriched by similar phenomena and situations, as of illiteracy and under-education. Individual indexes are analyzed -like dropping-out, low school performance, stagnation-as they are considered the main causes of school failure. At the same time, more factors are demonstrated and commented on, as they form the situation and the simultaneous process of school failure, and it is mentioned in bibliography. For example, there is a number of them that refer to the whole operation and organization of school, teachers, as well as the importance of the relation between school and society. Furthermore, there are family characteristics that have been analyzed (such as the socio-economic and educational level or the cultural capital of it) while they seem to contribute to the appearance or the avoidance of the school failure as well. Additional concerning factors are: gender, age of initial school entrance and grade of placement, pre-school educational experience, country of origin, frequency of movements from school to school, and mother tongue. Greek and international representative researches, as well as the most discussed theories internationally about school failure are also analyzed, always on the basis of a further speculation about the political economy of education. Finally, school failure is investigated through all the levels of the educational system (elementary, secondary -Technical and General- and tertiary education). The main task is the complexity of the school failure phenomenon to emerge.
school failure, drop-out, retention, cultural capital, social reproduction.
Additional bibliography for study
Φραγκουδάκη, Άν. (1985). Κοινωνιολογία της εκπαίδευσης. Θεωρίες για την κοινωνική ανισότητα στο σχολείο. Αθήνα: Παπαζήση.
Fischer, L. (2006). Κοινωνιολογία του σχολείου. Αθήνα: Μεταίχμιο.
Blackledge, D., & Hunt, B. (1995). Κοινωνιολογία της εκπαίδευσης. Αθήνα: Έκφραση.
Βεργίδης, Κ. Δ. (1995). Υποεκπαίδευση. Κοινωνικές, Πολιτικές και Πολιτισμικές διαστάσεις. Αθήνα: ύψιλον/βιβλία.