added a research item
Moncrieffe, M. and Moncrieffe, A. (2019) 'An examination of imagery used to represent fundamental British values and British identity on primary school display boards'. London Review of Education, 17 (1): 52-69. Abstract It is observable that display boards are being applied widely by primary schools as visual representations for teaching and learning about the stated fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. The research presented by this article is based upon analysis of 27 display boards from primary schools across England, including findings from in-depth interviews with three primary school teachers. We wanted to identify and to understand how discourses of British national identity such as monoculturalism and multiculturalism are reified by schools and teachers through the imagery used on primary school display boards in the representation of fundamental British values. Our research makes an original contribution to the debate on teaching and learning about national identity, by offering empirical evidence both of representations of fundamental British values and of teacher interpretations of the policy. Keywords: national identity; fundamental British values; monoculturalism; multiculturalism; imagery
It is observable that display boards are being applied widely by primary schools as visual representations for teaching and learning about the stated fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs. This appears to be a common approach to practice by primary schools in reaction to The Prevent Strategy (2011), a counter-terrorism educational policy that seeks to arrest the potential of young people becoming radicalised. This article presents our research which examined how the competing discourses from concepts of monocultural and multicultural British national identity are reified through the imagery on primary school display boards representing fundamental British values. We present what are the dominant and most frequently used images on primary school display boards. We present primary school teachers' interpretations and opinions of the display board images, as being either successfully or unsuccessfully representative of fundamental British values and British identity.