Deregulation and personalization in elite schools: Teacher’s work and the production of privileged groups


  • Sandra Ziegler Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales- Flacso



secondary education, personalized education, teacher/student relationships, elites, Argentina


The following article is based on a qualitative research developed in three Buenos Aires City and Buenos Aires Province high-schools that define themselves “elite educational institutions”.  Our purpose is to analyze the pedagogical work conducted by these institutions in relation to how they monitor their students’ trajectories and its examination systems. On the one hand, we identify strategies of personalization that account for an institutional set-up with close links between teachers and students, which enables them to overcome the hurdles to a system based on international exams. On the other, strategies of autonomy devolve to students’ responsibility for their own results, encouraging them to compete amongst themselves. These differences are connected to the academic selection systems established by each of the institutions. By inquiring into these dynamics, we have a better understanding of how these institutions function and how they contribute to the processes of socialization and reproduction of specific segments aimed at occupying elite positions. This paper also addresses the role played by the teachers as symbolic facilitators who, through their work, contribute to the selection of those groups.


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Author Biography

Sandra Ziegler, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales- Flacso

Doctora en Ciencias Sociales y Magister en Ciencias Sociales con orientación en Educación, Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales (FLACSO/ Argentina), Licenciada en Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de Buenos Aires. Actualmente, es investigadora Principal del Área Educación, FLACSO/ Argentina, es Coordinadora del Núcleo de Estudios sobre Elites y Desigualdades Socioeducativas (NEEDS-FLACSO). Profesora Adjunta Regular en el Centro de Formación e Investigación sobre Enseñanza de las Ciencias, Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, Universidad de Buenos Aires.



How to Cite

Ziegler, S. (2016). Deregulation and personalization in elite schools: Teacher’s work and the production of privileged groups. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 24, 68.