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ERIC Number: EJ1081912
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0332 3315
The Story of Representation (Or Not) in Contributing to the Development of a School Subject Curriculum
MacPhail, Ann
Irish Educational Studies, v34 n3 p225-243 2015
This paper prompts us to consider "representation" with respect to a committee structure "managing" the development of the Irish senior cycle physical education framework. The paper is timely due to the national interest in the senior cycle subject development in Ireland and complements work undertaken on the development of policy in senior physical education internationally. Bernstein's [(1990). "Class, Code and Control: Volume 4. The Structuring of Pedagogic Discourse." London: Routledge] construction of "pedagogic discourse and Pitkin's [(1967). "The Concept of Representation." University of California Press] notion of "representation" provide a framework for exploring the process by which Senior Cycle Physical Education (SCPE) was "managed" by the Physical Education Course Committee. Interviews were conducted with nine stakeholders who were members of the Committee and the constant comparative method was used to analyse the interview data. The results revolved around representation of individual views in favour of representative roles, interacting within the remit of the Committee structure and activity outside of the formal meetings. A number of conclusions arise in examining the extent to which "representation" provides a framework for exploring the process by which curriculum development within Irish SCPE was "managed" by the appointed Committee. Such a study provides significant points for discussion for those charged with drawing together groups to advise on curriculum development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ireland
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