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Transcript of Thomson, P. (2002).

Thomson, P. (2002).
Schooling the rustbelt kids: Making the
difference in changing times
. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Virtual school bags

Draw on Pierre Bourdeu's thery of 'cultural capital'
Explains the prior knowldge and experience children to bring to school with them

Some aspects of virtual school bags are more useful to formal education than others
Virtual school bags
Thompson shows these differences through two children: Vicki and Thanh
Vicki and Thanh
"Statistically speaking, the best advice we can give to a poor child, keen to get ahead through education, is to choose richer parents" (Connell, 1995, p.6)
Virtual school bags

Coined by Pat Thompson - the notion devised through her personal professional experience in disadvantages schools
Well socialized - she has attended both preschool and childcare
Has an older sibling
Is able to read
Familiarized with technology through home computer use
Parents spend time reading to her each night
Parents have high level of education
Lives in extended family
Spoken and read to in Vietnamese and Chinese
Parents value education
Watches Australian television
Has experience working in parent's restaurant
Parents' formal education interrupted due to war

Vicki and Thanh, pp. 11- 18
What are they?
They can be very different!
What aspects of their virtual school bags will help them at school?
Vicki and Thanh
Both have a large virtual school bag
Both can make use of most of their virtual school bags
Statistics show that Vicki is more likely to be successful however

Virtual school bags

Pick four of these knowledges or experiences and add them to your character cards
Parents read to child
Language other than English spoken at home, child knows some English
Parents did not complete highschool education
Child can read
Has three older siblings
Knows traditional songs from their heritage
Parents value education
Parents are well formally educated
Is only child and has not attended child care
Watches the news on television with parents each night
Frequently uses home computer
Discuss with a partner how your virtual school bags differ in their schooling impacts
The problem is when one child's interests, experiences, capacities and knowledge count for less at school than their peers
What can we do as educators?
Making changes is
not simple!
Thompson points out that educational and social directives involved in the school conflict with one another
Schooling system differentiates between different children and between the knowledge sets they have gained (their virtual schoolbags)
Individual teachers
can make a difference
"changing educational probabilities"
Teachers can show understanding and then integrate children's already existent knowledge bank. They are allowed to bring in their virtual school bags and actually use their contents.
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