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The practice of choice-making: applying Bourdieu to the field of International Schooling

The practice of choice-making: applying Bourdieu to the field of International Schooling
The practice of choice-making: applying Bourdieu to the field of International Schooling

This paper presents findings from a recent study on choice-making among teachers, school leaders and parents in a for-profit British international school in Kuwait. Using a Bourdieusian field analysis, the choice-making of the various stakeholders is investigated to reveal their positionality within the school’s social space, to examine the resources they hold and the capitals in which they are willing to invest. We find that choices made by, and within, an international school reveal symbolic violence, and a ‘taken-for-granted understanding’ that this form of schooling (British- rather than American-style international schooling) is superior. Participants in the study included teachers, parents, graduating class students and school leaders. Teachers and parents were a representative mix of local (both Arab and non-Arab) and expatriate. The study makes an important contribution to the body of knowledge relating to international schools, in its theoretical framework and its inclusion of the wider stakeholder population, which together generate a deeper understanding of professional practice in the international school context.

International schooling, Pierre Bourdieu, capital, choice, field, habitus
137-154
Khalil, Lina
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Kelly, Anthony
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Khalil, Lina
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Kelly, Anthony
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Khalil, Lina and Kelly, Anthony (2020) The practice of choice-making: applying Bourdieu to the field of International Schooling. Journal of Research in International Education, 19 (2), 137-154. (doi:10.1177/1475240920954045).

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This paper presents findings from a recent study on choice-making among teachers, school leaders and parents in a for-profit British international school in Kuwait. Using a Bourdieusian field analysis, the choice-making of the various stakeholders is investigated to reveal their positionality within the school’s social space, to examine the resources they hold and the capitals in which they are willing to invest. We find that choices made by, and within, an international school reveal symbolic violence, and a ‘taken-for-granted understanding’ that this form of schooling (British- rather than American-style international schooling) is superior. Participants in the study included teachers, parents, graduating class students and school leaders. Teachers and parents were a representative mix of local (both Arab and non-Arab) and expatriate. The study makes an important contribution to the body of knowledge relating to international schools, in its theoretical framework and its inclusion of the wider stakeholder population, which together generate a deeper understanding of professional practice in the international school context.

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Accepted/In Press date: 19 August 2020
e-pub ahead of print date: 1 October 2020
Additional Information: Publisher Copyright: © The Author(s) 2020.
Keywords: International schooling, Pierre Bourdieu, capital, choice, field, habitus

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Local EPrints ID: 444627
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/444627
PURE UUID: fa4d0e06-2dad-439c-9eba-b0806dfd6e64
ORCID for Lina Khalil: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-0553-8486
ORCID for Anthony Kelly: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-4664-8585

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Date deposited: 28 Oct 2020 17:30
Last modified: 10 Jun 2022 01:36

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Author: Lina Khalil ORCID iD
Author: Anthony Kelly ORCID iD

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