Here, Objective 2 is stated to be: 'To investigate the issue of equal opportunities with regard to teaching and learning in the current educational context'. This research study is a response to this objective from one of the research teams involved in the initiative, that based at the University of Birmingham and responsible for the main language-related project within the initiative (Mitchell et al., 1994a,b).
The particular concern of the Birmingham project within the ESRC Initiative was with language education and, in particular, with the role of explicit teaching and discussion about the nature of language curriculum (an issue which was salient in the early versions of the National Curriculum for English. though it has been progressively sidelined in most respects in later revisions). Our fieldwork concentrated on the language curriculum of Year 9 and was conducted in three case study schools in the South of England. One of these was selected because it was known to have a substantial minority of bilingual pupils (around 10%) and small numbers of bilinguals were also present in the other two schools. ...Show more