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Class and Professional Stereotypes of Greek Students in Primary School

Argyris Kyridis, Paraskevi Golia, Lazaros Lazaroy.

The social stratification, that is the unequal configurations of peoples' social level, has been crucial for the science of sociology. Especially in Greece, where the phenomenon of social diversity is far from intense, based on hereditary qualities or structured classes recognized by law, the issue of social class groupings, which compose the Greek society, is the focus of the relevant discussions. The degree the children assimilate the attitudes and perceptions of class is of a special interest.

Based on the previous statements, the present research attempts to obtain evidence of the stereotyped views of Greek pupils aged between 11 and 12 years, about the social class characteristics and occupations. The purpose of the research is to confirm the degree of assimilation of the notions mentioned before. The research was conducted in Primary State schools of Florina and Athens and 99 pupils participated in it. They were asked to describe, the traits matching the following occupations: teacher, farmer, worker, manufacturer and housekeeper. Accordingly, they were asked to justify their choice of the particular descriptions.

The results revealed that the children of the specific age have already developed perceptions about the abovementioned occupations and social classes characteristics. The majority of those perceptions are stereotyped, precocious ideological engravings.


Argyris Kyridis  (Greece)
Associate Professor of Sociology of Education
Department of Preschool Education at Florina
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Argyris Kyridis has studied Political Science and Sociology at the University of Athens. He has obtained his Ph.D in Political Sociology - Sociology of Education at the same University and an M.Sc. in Politics and Sociology at Birkbeck College, University of London. He is currently an Associate Professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where he teaches Sociology of Education, Research Methodology and Educational Policy. He has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals. He is the writer or co-author of the following books (in Greek): Educational Inequality, School Discipline, Sociology of Preschool Education, Teachers facing ICT, Bibliology (3 Volumes), Inequalities in the Greek Educational System, Language Teaching with the Use of ICT in Preschool Education, The Social and Educational Characteristics of the students of the Faculty of Education at Florina.

Paraskevi Golia  (Greece)

Paraskevi Golia is teacher in Primary Education. She has studied Pedagogic at the University of Salonica. She attended Postgraduated Studies in Pedagogic- Humanities and Historical Studies at the same University. She is currently a candidate doctor in Educational Politics at the same University and she is assistant in teaching Modern History. She has published several papers in Greek and European scientific journals about pedagogic and educational software in education.

Lazaros Lazaroy

  • Social classes
  • Stereotypes
  • School
  • Professions

(Virtual Presentation, English)