Episode 6 - From the Grammar to the Lexicon of Schooling: Rethinking Educational Change

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Podcast in which Prof Courtney is interviewed by members of the University of Glasgow's School of Education. Part of a series: 'Education Policy for All'.
Description: In this episode we are joined by Steven Courtney from the University of Manchester. He is a critical sociologist of educational leadership and policy with a research focus on the interplay of structure, agency and power.

Our discussion takes us into the grammar of schooling and why it has been so hard to change. Looking at England and the US, we discuss the structures of schooling, including age grading and subject sorting through periods of time as products of meaning.

Additional resources:

Courtney, S. J., & Mann, B. (2021). Thinking with ‘lexical’ features to reconceptualize the ‘grammar’ of schooling: Shifting the focus from school to society. Journal of Educational Change, 22(3), 401-421.
Period1 Sept 2022
Held atUniversity of Glasgow, United Kingdom
Degree of RecognitionInternational


  • Educational change
  • Grammar of Schooling
  • Industrialism
  • Welfarism
  • Neoliberalism
  • Neoconservatism

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester