EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL AND CULTURAL PLURALISM IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL
AbstractThe term â€˜underachievementâ€™ is widespread in modern educational discourse, invoked most frequently in relation to a perceived failure to reach â€˜potentialâ€™. In this paper, it is suggested that such terms, though widely used, are highly problematic, masking ideological assumptions which concern socially constructed, culturally sensitive, subjective, and relative matters. In fact, underachievement is most often used to mean low academic attainment and the paper argues that this is already better understood in terms of well-known factors such as prior attainment, socioeconomic disadvantage, and systemic biases.Â
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