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Pedagogising Knowledge: Bernstein’s Theory of the Pedagogic Device

Singh, Parlo (2002) Pedagogising Knowledge: Bernstein’s Theory of the Pedagogic Device. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 23(4), pp. 571-582.

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Abstract

This paper explores one component of Basil Bernstein’s complex theoretical framework dealing with the conversion or translation of knowledge into pedagogic communication. The pedagogic device is described by Bernstein as the ensemble of rules or procedures via which knowledge is converted into classroom talk, curricula and online communication. It is argued that Bernstein’s theory of the pedagogic device provides researchers with explicit criteria/rules to describe the macro and micro structuring of knowledge, and in particular the generative relations of power and control constituting knowledge. The paper elaborates on the components of the pedagogic device and provides examples of empirical studies utilising this theoretical framework.

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ID Code: 1770
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Bernstein, pedagogy, sociology of knowledge
DOI: 10.1080/0142569022000038422
ISSN: 1465-3346
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2002 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: First published in British Journal of Sociology of Education 23(4):pp. 571-582.
Deposited On: 05 Jul 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:26

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