ERIC Number: EJ1117080
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Abstractor: As Provided
Music on the Move: Methodological Applications of Bernstein's Concepts in a Secondary School Music Context
McPhail, Graham J.
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v37 n8 p1147-1166 2016
In 2002 Parlo Singh outlined Bernstein's theory of the pedagogic device, elaborating the potential in Bernstein's complex theoretical framework for empirical research. In particular, Singh suggests that Bernstein's concepts provide the means of making explicit the macro and micro structuring of knowledge into pedagogic communication. More recently, Power has noted that use of Bernstein's ideas remains relatively unrepresented in the literature. This paper makes a case for the use of Bernstein's ideas as a particularly rich resource for educational researchers. It provides illustrations of a number of concepts as part of a methodological procedure in a research project examining the approaches to curriculum and pedagogy of six secondary school music teachers within the dialectic of western art music and popular music. Through utilisation of Bernstein's concepts of knowledge discourses, recontextualisation, and regionalisation, the study is able to identify, describe, and shed light on a key problem for music education and education generally: developing the pedagogical means for the utilisation of informal knowledge as a pedagogic resource within the secondary school curriculum. In turn, the music context suggests a number of extensions to Bernstein's concepts.
Descriptors: Music, Music Education, Secondary School Students, Music Teachers, Musicians, Musical Composition, Foreign Countries, Case Studies, Interviews, Observation, Focus Groups, Mixed Methods Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand
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