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The course-relevant textbook 'Sociology And Social Policy For The Early Years' was written by two authors; Alan Yeo and Tina Lovell. Yeo was previously Head of Community Care at Great Yarmouth College in Norfolk and Lovell is a Training and Staff Development Officer in Family Support Work for Suffolk Social Services Childcare Training Unit. The intended audience would consist of adults and young adults; who attain an interest in teaching or learning a course related to childhood/childcare; from a sociological perspective. I shall review an extract from the textbook.
Using three different sociologists perceptions, the authors attempt to identify why and how ethnicity can and does effect achievement within education. Already, the authors' relevant backgrounds and the use of multiple interpretations from sociologists (rather than just the authors' opinions) adds to the validity of information within the book. The percentages of achievement measured by ethnicity has been illustrated within a table, it is from an external source; making it more reliable than if the research had been carried out by the authors. However, the book is fairly dated (published 2002) which could place limits on how accurate the information is for this current period of time. Although, it is the second edition of the book so they have obviously updated some information from the previous version.
Firstly, Yeo and Lovell (2002:161) argue that differential achievement is based upon the "wealth, income and social class" of each individual child. According to Yeo and Lovell (2002:161) it is "misleading to compare the achievements of different ethnic groups while ignoring the class composition" because the higher social class and income that the family of the child, the more likely they are to be...

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