Improving the schooling chances of New Zealand's poorest children: policy and community challenges
When we think in terms of social class that raises the cultural dimensions of poverty and schooling, and it can be recognised that the lower achievement of students from low income families is not just a question of material resources, it is a question of class culture - of perceptions, beliefs, experiences attitudes, behaviours and powerrelations. The work of Pierre Bourdieu – the acclaimed French sociologist who died
in 2002 - points to schools having a more organic relationship with students from thedominant social class than with students from subordinate classes or ethnic minority students.
Professor Martin Thrupp's full address to the CPAG AGM 2006 can be read below.