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ERIC Number: EJ772718
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 15
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0142-5692
How Competency-Based Training Locks the Working Class out of Powerful Knowledge: A Modified Bernsteinian Analysis
Wheelahan, Leesa
British Journal of Sociology of Education, v28 n5 p637-651 Sep 2007
This paper argues that competency-based training in vocational education and training in Australia is one mechanism through which the working class is denied access to powerful knowledge represented by the academic disciplines. The paper presents a modified Bernsteinian analysis to argue that vocational education and training students need access to disciplinary knowledge using Bernstein's argument that abstract, conceptual knowledge is the means societies use to think "the unthinkable" and "the not-yet-thought". I supplement Bernstein's social argument for democratic access to the disciplines with an epistemic argument that draws on the philosophy of critical realism.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia