Garth Stahl

Garth Stahl
The University of Queensland | UQ · School of Education

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Stahl’s research lies at the nexus of neoliberalism and socio-cultural studies of education, identity, equity/inequality, and social change.
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January 2008 - January 2009

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Publications (145)
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In the last 20 years, we have seen a growing interest internationally in Pierre Bourdieu’s scholarship within the field of educational research. Bourdieu’s reflexive and relational sociological armory provides insight into how structural inequalities are established and maintained, ripple through education, and can be attenuated or disrupted. This...
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Literacy skills are essential if students are to access knowledge and achieve academic success in middle school science. A key difficulty with interpreting literacy practices in any discipline is the problem of conceptualising what constitutes literacy. Our study contributes new understandings to the discipline of science where there are ongoing de...
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Engaging working-class males in their education, specifically higher education, remains a confronting and complex problem. The majority of the participants in this study spoke of striving for a balance between their own time and the demands of work and university study. Their accounts of their journeys demonstrated strong feelings related to their...
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Integral to first-in-family males’ success at university is the forms of support they receive. The final empirical chapter focuses on how the changes in identity experienced by first-in-family males relate to the shifting dynamics between their two primary social groups: the peer group and the family. Both are foundational to their sense of self. D...
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The focus of this chapter is the Australian higher education context and the impact of the widening participation agenda. The Australian education system is deeply stratified and, while there has been a significant policy shift to recruit students from non-traditional backgrounds, this agenda sits in tension with a ‘value for money’ educational pol...
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To address the identity and equity issues informing the First-in-Family Males Project, this chapter recounts a short history of working-class masculinities in education as well as recent contemporary research on disadvantaged males. The aim is to draw on international and historical research to delineate important shifts in working-class masculinit...
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The focus of this chapter is the role of social class in social mobility. It draws on conceptual work—specifically in regard to pathologization and shame—to highlight that attending university is an affective experience for working-class young men that carries an impetus to change the self. To be first-in-family involves various identity negotiatio...
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Previous research has shown that the working-class experience in education is informed by various aspects of class disadvantage. While not disputing this work, this chapter maps a dimension of subjectivity for those participants who successfully transitioned to higher education—that of fulfilment. The discourse of fulfilment and improvement was int...
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This chapter documents the transition to university as a process of dissonance and validation. In drawing on empirical data from the boys in The First-in-Family Males Project, their parents and their teachers, the chapter shows how their transition was restricted by resources which rendered many of them academically underprepared for university lif...
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The university experience for many first-in-family males is shaped by prolonged bouts of isolation as they struggle to belong to what, for many, is a foreign environment. Central to coming to belong is the crafting of new identities as they engage in new forms of selfhood and studenthood. Specifically, as they transition to higher education, the da...
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The proportion of international students in Chinese higher education is increasing, however, there remains little research that explores their motivations and how their learning of Chinese influences their identities and imagined futures. In this paper, we address the need for research on South-South migration—specifically Sino-African relations—...
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This report explains how and why Indigenous men engage and succeed in higher education.
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For those working in the field of critical studies of men and masculinities (CSMM), the study of masculinities, culture and intergenerational familial responsibilities continues to be an important area of research. Drawing on a case study of five second-generation Vietnamese-Australian males over three years, we seek to explore the role of family i...
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Within the field of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) teaching, there has been limited engagement with Global Citizenship Education (GCE). The politicisation of CFL education in today's diverse and multilingual Australian classroom remains a significant cause for concern as it endangers spaces of pedagogic possibility. Drawing upon data from an A...
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This article presents a longitudinal case study of five second-generation Vietnamese-Australian males experiencing the transition from boyhood to manhood. The participants reside in the same peri-urban region in Australia and come from families working in factories and restaurants or on farms and all aspire to pursue more middle-class forms of empl...
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Despite efforts to widen participation, first-in-family students, as an equity group, remain severely under-represented in higher education internationally. This book explores and analyses the gendered and classed subjectivities of 48 Australian students in the First-in-Family Project serving as a fresh perspective to the study of youth in transiti...
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High performing charter schools have come under scrutiny for their use of ‘no-excuses’ (NE) pedagogies focused on certain bodily comportments. Arguably, these school environments have arguably become vehicles for behavioral scrutiny and bodily surveillance – practices which shape the lives of economically disadvantaged students of color. The popula...
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Media plays an important role in how young men come to understand what it means to ‘be a man.’ For adolescent men, representations in the media of high-profile male figures are a constant and pervasive stream of performances of masculinities and, as such, can be considered a resource for gender identity work. As part of a longitudinal study of masc...
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Read about how scholars have used Bourdieu in researching inequalities in higher education.
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Schools worldwide are increasingly enmeshed in discourses of securitisation. Efforts to prevent or counter violent extremism (P/CVE) are a manifestation of this. P/CVE in education takes various forms; the pilot explored here is considered super-soft in that no mention was made of violent extremism. Attention was given to schools’ capacities to enh...
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The global forces shaping international education requires us to explore how transnational pre-service teachers navigate new and unfamiliar education contexts. Within studies of transnational pre-service teacher education, the voice of the Chinese diaspora remains largely on the periphery. This article aims to redress this paucity by applying Fouca...
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The fields of science and literacy education continue to be shaped by pervasive gender inequality. Previous research has documented how the formation of a ‘science identity’ is contingent on access to science capital while research in literacy education continues to highlight how boys struggle in their literacy acquisition. Despite a robust scholar...
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Within the social imaginary of Australia’s dominant ‘White’ culture, ethnic minority men, particularly Muslim men, are often depicted as ‘folk devils,’ resistant to the cultural norms of mainstream society. Muslim masculinities have been problematically conflated with notions of radicalisation, terrorism and violent extremism. There has been decide...
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Few studies in science education have examined how place-based experiences influence students’ STEM career aspirations. Rural school students’ lived experiences of place and non-traditional STEM career aspirations such as farming are scarcely considered in dominant narratives around science aspirations and career pathways. Adopting a critical relat...
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This paper investigates the experiences of Western teacher expatriates in a Shanghai international schooling organization. We explore the risks and benefits associated with transnational mobility and how teacher expatriates, as part of the global middle-class (GMC), maintain and reaffirm their middle-class status. Focusing on adaptation and constra...
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Schools serving communities experiencing poverty continue to be challenged as to how to best meet the needs of their pupils. This article documents how educators in one school in Wales developed and implemented a ‘vulnerability unit’ – called The Bridge – which centred on trusting relationships to improve the educational experience for primarily wh...
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There exists an unsettling relationship between Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and formal schooling today that remains under-researched and largely unproblematized. This article draws on semi-structured interviews with state level policy actors as they implement a federally funded, small-scale grant to develop Restorative Practice in four Austr...
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Aspirations are embedded in social alliances and affectively realised. This article presents a longitudinal case study of the support and pastoral care in place for one Samoan-Australian male, Fiamalu, during his final year of compulsory schooling. Fiamalu’s path to higher education was precarious for numerous reasons, including losing both his par...
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The concept of a ‘learner identity’ has been approached from a variety of different theories and methodological approaches. Scholarship on learner identities primarily speaks to various socio-psychological concepts such as ‘meta-cognition,’ ‘self-concept,’ ‘self-regulation’ and ‘practice.’ However, from a sociological perspective, the learner is co...
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This forum reviews a mix of resources to inform pedagogy and related educational practices that foreground representations of youth and their literacy practices within and outside of school.
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Despite suspicions concerning the global expansion of Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) education, the teaching of Chinese is often a mainstay within global citizenship and elite education. With this paradox in mind, the paper draws on theories of classed selfhood and learner identities to explore the possibilities of CFL to influence the learner...
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Countering violent extremism (CVE) continues to be a topic of national and international concern as well as media interest. In the field of CVE, educational institutions have an important role to play, but precisely how educators and policymakers should best respond to extremism within schools remains unclear. This article draws on interviews with...
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Improving the academic and social outcomes of boys – specifically boys from low-SES backgrounds – remains of international importance. With this in mind, research continues to document the ways in which relational learning is integral for the well-being of students, specifically those students in disadvantaged school contexts. This paper focuses on...
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The teaching and learning of Chinese remains a fragile undertaking across all stages of Australian schooling. This paper reports on a practitioner inquiry into pedagogic practices and student engagement with disadvantaged primary school students in a Chinese as a Foreign Language (CFL) classroom in Sydney, Australia. Drawing upon studies of affect...
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Building on work that brings literacy instruction and student science learner identity together, this study addresses a gap in research related to student experiences as readers in middle school science classrooms. To understand student perceptions of pedagogical approaches to reading in science, we asked 45 middle school students to reflect on wha...
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Nations are facing unprecedented challenges, such as climate change, that require epistemic knowledge associated with science literacy (science epistemic beliefs- SEBs). We interviewed 45 Australian middle school (12-14-year-olds) students using a new interview protocol adapted from Barzilai and Weinstocks’ Epistemic Thinking Assessment. We posed a...
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As debate grows internationally over the corporatization of schooling, this chapter focuses on the paradoxes and positionality in being and becoming an ethnographer within a charter school in the United States. Neoliberal in both their governance and pedagogic enactment, charter schools, as a mix of public and private resources, remain contentious...
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In the field of preventing and countering violent extremism (P/CVE) schools have an important role to play, but precisely how policy actors and educators should best respond to extremism within their schools remains uncertain. Reporting on data from a broader study, this article draws on semi-structured interviews with three participants. The parti...
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Dear Scholars of Educational Inequality: Please find attached our August 2020 newsletter for our AERA SIG – Bourdieu in Educational Research. It is a ‘deep-dive’ on how Bourdieu has been used in the study of Race, Ethnicity and Multiculturalism in education. You can support our community by: *Distributing this newsletter through your networks *F...
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The study of class differences and social mobility remain areas of fascination for sociologists. Debates con- cerning how class plays out in education, specifically higher education, have focused on many different areas from the effects of poverty, first-in-family (first generation) status, government efforts to widen participation, as well as enti...
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Schools remain important sites where identities are inculcated in accordance with societal norms and values. With this in mind, this chapter reflects upon a particular form of schooling in the United States – “no-excuses” charter schools – where I seek to make connections between neoliberal governance, educational practices, and the formation of su...
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In educational research, girls are frequently depicted as success stories, able to effortlessly navigate academic excellence as empowered females. However, these depictions lack nuance and often fail to capture the complexity of young women’s experiences as they shift from compulsory schooling into higher education. Using a methodology of semi-stru...
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The relationship between working-class masculinities and industrial (and post-industrial) employment has been of sustained interest to sociologists for the last 40 years. This article draws on recent research examining the experiences of upwardly mobile working-class young men navigating casual employment within an urban part of Australia adapting...
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Low participation rates of students studying science at the secondary level are of international concern. One of the under-researched factors influencing low participation rates in the sciences in Australia is primary school student stereotypes concerning science and scientists. We explore how Year 4 (9–10-year-olds) students perceive science, scie...
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In recent years, there has been growing debate over the corporatisation of schooling, specifically the managerial practices of expanding charter school networks in the USA, often referred to as charter management organisations (CMOs). By definition, CMOs are consistently high‐performing, well‐financed networks of small schools operating in urban sp...
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The underrepresentation of males from particular equity groups in Australian universities continues despite recent gains in achievement. This article presents a case study of the transition of one Aboriginal student, Robbie, from a school located in the Western suburbs of Sydney to an urban Australian university. Drawing on recent theorisations of...
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The study of masculinities and social change continues to gain prominence in the field of Critical Studies of Men and Masculinities (CSMM). This article presents a case study of one Anglo-Australian working-class male, Leo, as he experienced multiple transitions – from his final year at secondary school into various service sector jobs and eventual...
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Internationally, the research on the education of boys has sought to understand how social practices, behaviours and rituals contribute to identity construction. We are interested in approaches to the emotional labor of doing ‘boy work’. As educators grapple with the gendered performances and subjectivities of young men, there is an imperative to e...
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The Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education will be available in print format in 2020. The living reference will start to publish much sooner on SpringerLink.com with first chapters accessible in early 2018. To find out more about the Palgrave Handbook of Citizenship and Education or suggest a chapter title for consideration please visit: h...
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This paper explores how geographies of place and familial relationships influence the formation of ‘science capital’ and a ‘science identity’, which are widely considered influential to sustained engagement in the sciences. Drawing on interviews with 45 Year 8 students from two diverse locales in Australia, we analyse science-related forms of cultu...
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Descriptions of charter schools as militaristic ‘boot camps’ continue to animate popular discourses. Recently, the upper echelons of the charter school sector, commonly known as Charter School Management Organizations (CMOs), have come under intense scrutiny for their controversial ‘no excuses’ disciplinary practices. These socialization practices...
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Teacher education programmes are often tasked with preparing predominantly White, middle class, pre-service teachers to be effective in diverse contexts. Many teacher educators consider practicum experiences critical to forming values and dispositions necessary for the teaching profession. This article focuses on the work of two White, middle-class...
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Recently, there has been growing debate over the managerial and leadership practices of expanding charter school networks, often referred to as Charter School Management Organizations (CMOs). CMOs—which typically serve low–socioeconomic status students of color—are deeply tied to education reform efforts in the United States. Many CMOs consistently...
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This paper presents a systematic structured review of recent research that explicitly adopts intersectionality as a theoretical framework to interrogate how tertiary institutions manage, cater for, include, exclude and are experienced in ways that produce advantage and disadvantage. The analysis addresses the following questions: Within research th...
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First-in-family (FIF) males, often from low-socio-economic backgrounds, remain severely underrepresented in Australian higher education. Experiences with social life can be a significant determiner to their success at university as well as their prospects for future employment. This paper explores the experiences of two FIF males as they transition...
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Exploring the affective dimensions of doing gender and relationships in spaces of learning
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International Perspectives on Theorizing Aspirations offers new insights and guidance for those looking to use Bourdieu's tools in an educational context, with a focus on how the tools can be applied to issues of aspiration. Written by contributors from the UK, USA, Australia, Nigeria, Jamaica and Spain, the book explores how Bourdieu's tools have...
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Currently, boys growing up in urban poverty remain severely under-represented in Australian higher education. To explore this phenomenon, we draw on recent research with boys in Year 12 who will potentially be first-in-family (FIF) as well as their teachers. The overarching research question framing the chapter is: “How do the school experiences of...
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Purpose The purpose of this paper is to explore the first-year university experience as an agent for the (re)learning and (re)making of masculine identity as it intersects with other categories of identity. Historically, male students from working-class backgrounds have often struggled with identity issues and many leave school early for vocational...
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This chapter considers how white working-class boys negotiate neoliberal learner identities through historically-constituted solidarist and communal values. Recent academic scholarship on social marginalisation in UK schooling has critiqued the rhetoric of ‘raising aspiration’ which exalts a definitive conception of neoliberal personhood—the capita...
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This article reports on a design-based research investigation of Real-Time Coaching in an initial teacher education program. The findings highlight three broad themes in the data: positive learner experiences which confirm elements of the Real-Time Coaching design, beneficial learning outcomes which highlight the potential of Real-Time Coaching in...
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The concept of the demonstration school (a community of learning and applied research inquiry in an integrative designed space) dates back to the Peripatos of Aristotle. In contemporary times, demonstration schools—housed on university campuses and often integrated with teacher training programmes—have been supported with Deweyan arguments about tr...
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A key challenge facing teacher educators today is how to educate pre-service teachers to become confident, reflective practitioners and to continue to learn through their own teaching practice. This chapter addressed the strengths and weaknesses of the Real-Time Coaching for Pre-service Teachers Model, barriers to its adoption and possible ways for...
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Coaching, as an amalgamation of overlapping elements of teaching, mentoring, facilitation and counselling, must always be learner-centric and adaptive to the needs of those coached. Our Real-Time Coaching for Pre-service Teachers Model capitalizes on design-based research (DBR) in which researchers and practitioners jointly design, develop and inve...
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This chapter presents research findings on participants’ affective learning within, and as a result of, our model of learning for pre-service teachers. The model focuses on enhancing two key features of students’ practice teaching experience: feedback and reflection. Affective learning is loosely defined here as learning related to ‘things felt’ su...

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