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Contribution to Book
The Moral Career of Intelligence, Pedagogical Practices and Educational Psychology
Toolkits, Translation Devices and Conceptual Accounts: Essays on Basil Bernstein's Sociology of Knowledge (2010)
  • Karen Bradley, Western Washington University
  • John G. Richardson, Western Washington University
Abstract
For over four decades, Basil Bernstein researched ‘the internal organisation and educational context of the school’ specifically, and educational systems generally. In particular, he was interested in the powerful forms of knowledge transmitted through schooling systems; who gained access to these forms of knowledge; how they did so; and with what consequences. His research began by examining the differences between language and communication patterns in the institutions of the home/family and of the school, and extended to examining the structuring of pedagogic discourse from the level of the state to the classroom.
This collection brings together chapters by researchers from South Africa, Portugal, the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia, to build on the theoretical concepts developed by Bernstein to explore issues of access and acquisition to school knowledge. In addition, contributors explore the strengths and limitations of Bernstein’s work for understanding the structuring of educational institutions, as well as the potential of the theory for assisting educators to make a difference in the lives of students.
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Publication Date
2010
Editor
Parlo Singh, Alan R. Sadovnik, and Susan F. Semel
Publisher
Peter Lang
Series
History of Schools and Schooling
Publisher Statement
© 2010 Peter Lang Publishing Group
Citation Information
Karen Bradley and John G. Richardson. "The Moral Career of Intelligence, Pedagogical Practices and Educational Psychology" Toolkits, Translation Devices and Conceptual Accounts: Essays on Basil Bernstein's Sociology of Knowledge Vol. 51 (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/john_richardson/5/