‘One main case study… constitutes the basis of my research’ Paul Willis ‘Learning to Labour’

Willis research (1977) was a case study that focused on the experience of schooling of twelve working class boys known as the ‘lads’.

Read the section on Willis’ research and findings on page 146-147 and answer the following questions:

  1. What insights did the study provide on the social behaviour of the boys? Could this have been provided by a larger-scale study?
  2. Why was so much detail on one small group so useful?
  3. How did this study test theory (traditional Marxist theory about indoctrination in school)?