Labelling (12 Mark) Essay

428 WordsMar 25, 20142 Pages
Labelling is where a teacher (or another adult) will give a student a name that is in relation to their personality or ability. This can be positive or negative, for example, bright boy or troublemaker. Underachievement can be said to be anything under a C grade for GCSE’s or not meeting your target grade. Some sociologists agree with the statement as they say that students feel that teachers will determine their future. If they are labelled as being ‘stupid’ early on in their career then they will be placed in the lower sets and streams. This means that they will not have access to the full range of courses available to them and this an effect their A level or degree choices. Sociologists would also agree by explaining that anti school subcultures may occur. These are groups of students who feel that they have been failed by education and stop trying or deliberately go against the rules of the school. These students then underachieve as they are either not in lessons or they are not taking full part in lessons. Setting and streaming may also mean that the teachers who are teaching them do not bother with them, if the think that they will not get a C grade then they may not give them additional resources or booster classes as they don’t see the point. This means that they will underachieve. Some sociologists disagree with the statement, they would say that just because someone has been labelled they do not have to fulfil this label. Some students who are labelled as not being intelligent will work really hard to ensure that they move up or achieve more than was expected of them. Labelling also creates competition, this works with setting and streaming as students constantly try to get into the next set up or maintain their place in their set as it is ‘not safe’. Finally, sociologists may disagree as they would say that there are many factors as to

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