ERIC Number: ED345350
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Principles of Legitimation in Educational Discourses in Iceland.
Johannesson, Ingolfur Asgeir
This paper interrelates the conceptual approaches of Michel Foucault and Pierre Bourdieu to draw a method to investigate reform in elementary education (ages 6-16) in Iceland in the past 25 years. First is a brief explanation of the conceptual framework of the research that has been conducted on the reform. Identified are three main spectra of legitimating principles in the discourse on educational reform and teacher education in Iceland. These spectra are: a reform versus pre-reform spectrum; a reform spectrum with technological and progressive poles; and a traditional academic capital versus curriculum theory capital spectrum. The last section of the paper discusses the prospects of this research approach compared to other approaches to the study of educational reform. It is argued that most conventional educational research is too preoccupied with producing progress to enable researchers to take a self-critical stance about the underlying assumptions. A framework that can deal with discourses, structural relations, and individuals in one study provides researchers and practitioners in the field with the potential of being reflective on their involvement without blaming themselves for failing reforms. (41 references) (RR)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Historical Materials
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).