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The creation of inequality: Myths of potential and ability

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The old myth about the ability and variability of potential in children is a comforting myth. for those who are uneasy with the degree of inequality they see and would rather seek to justify it than confront it. The myth of inherent potential helps some explain to themselves why they are privileged. Extend the myth to believe in inherited ability and some can come to believe that their children will inherit part of a greater potential. These beliefs create and sustain inequality in society an...

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Oxford, SSD, SOGE, Geography
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Oxford, SSD, Education
Publisher:
Institute for Education Policy Studies Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies Journal website
Volume:
14
Issue:
3
Pages:
56-79
Publication date:
2016-12-05
Acceptance date:
2016-10-01
Pubs id:
pubs:647710
URN:
uri:06e6a247-f48e-4294-80af-90dc28274795
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uuid:06e6a247-f48e-4294-80af-90dc28274795
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pubs:647710

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