1.4 Flexibility versus conformity: English lanuage 5–14 (Soeid, 1991)

Although 15 per cent of the primary timetable is allocated to the teaching and learning of the English language, as Ellis and Friel (1999, p. 360) note, ‘many schools allocate a proportion of the 20 per cent flexibility factor to English Language’. There are four overall attainment outcomes – listening, talking, reading and writing – while, in each outcome, ‘strands’ outline the specific aspects of learning and assume progression through a series of attainment targets as
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1.2 What’s in this unit?

As you have probably realised from reading this far, there are also other aspects to the unit. We will have a look at these in a moment.

This unit is divided into five sections including this introduction. Each section encourages you to see how learning can underpin personal change.

Section 1 (this section) – Introduction. This section introduces the unit. It gives you an idea of how the unit is structured and what approaches to learning and change it takes.

Section 2 –
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Introduction

Being unsure of what you want to do in life (or what you want to study) is not unusual. How to deal with the changes that we want in our lives can be more challenging. You may be unsure about what subject you are interested in or whether you can cope with study at university level. You may be unsure about what path in life to pursue.

This unit takes your life as its starting point. It helps you to think about what you can do already. It then uses this to build up your confidence in your
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4.5 Summary
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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4.4 Family meanings matter in family studies
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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4.3 Family meanings matter in social policies and professional practices
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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3.1 Studying families
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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2.4 The slippery language of ‘family’
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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2.3 What's so difficult?
The idea of ‘family’ is very powerful in contemporary UK culture and policy. Family lives have been the subject of many anxieties both at the personal and policy levels. How do public debates relate to people’s everyday experiences of families? In this unit, you can explore the many attempts at defining ‘family’ and why these complex and contradictory meanings are important to us. We begin to unpick questions of power and inequality, to test our everyday assumptions about families, and
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2.2 Responding to the problems
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2.1 Attempting definitions
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1.4 Structures of power and inequalities
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1.2 Core questions
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1.6.4 Blogs
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