Reading Bernstein, Researching Bernstein

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Overview

Basil Bernstein is arguably one of the most important educational theorists of the late 20th century. Whilst most academics and students in sociology of education know of Bernstein, few can claim to fully understand the scope and power of his work, which simply cannot be matched by any of his contemporaries.
This book, written by a team of international contributors, offers an insight into the richness and depth of his theories. It demonstrates the growing recognition of the value of Bernstein's work to understanding unfolding developments in education systems around the world today.
The volume is divided into four sections:
* Section 1 considers the work of the theorists that Bernstein worked 'through' and 'with', from Durkheim and Marx to Bourdieu and Foucault
* Section 2 focuses on teaching and learning in school contexts and draw on current issues like boy's underachievement, citizenship, system reform and language learning in varied cultural contexts
* Section 3 applies Bernstein's theories to teacher education
* Section 4 focuses on international and higher education This comprehensive text will show the international academic community in education and sociology - as well as students on education, sociology, sociolinguistic and social pyschology degrees - how to read and use Bernstein.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415339827
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 8/28/2004
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Johan Muller is a Professor at the School of Education, University of Cape Town.
Ana Morais is Professor at the University of Lisbon.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the possibilities of Basil Bernstein 1
2 Silent, invisible, total : pedagogic discourse and the age of information 15
3 The concept of semiotic mediation : perspectives from Bernstein's sociology 30
4 The debt to pleasure : the subject and knowledge in pedagogic discourse 44
5 Framing talk : towards a 'radical visible pedagogy' 61
6 The what and the how of teaching and learning : going deeper into sociological analysis and intervention 75
7 Sequencing and pacing of the hidden curriculum : how indigenous learners are left out of the chain 91
8 Decoding mathematics instruction : a critical examination of an invisible pedagogy 108
9 Gendered learning identity in two modalities of pedagogic discourse 123
10 The framing of pedagogic encounters : regulating the social order in classroom learning 139
11 Towards a sociology of teacher education 153
12 Teacher training contexts : study of specific sociological characteristics 168
13 Retrieving the general from the particular : the structure of craft knowledge 189
14 Horizontal discourse in law and labour law 204
15 The wrong kind of knower : education, expansion and the epistemic device 218
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