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ERIC Number: EJ847260
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1175-8708
Bernstein's Theory of Pedagogic Discourse: Linguistics, Educational Policy and Practice in the UK English/Literacy Classroom
Clark, Urzsula
English Teaching: Practice and Critique, v4 n3 p32-47 Dec 2005
In "The English Patient: English Grammar and teaching in the Twentieth Century", Hudson and Walmsley (2005) contend that the decline of grammar in schools was linked to a similar decline in English universities, where no serious research or teaching on English grammar took place. This article argues that such a decline was due not only to a lack of research, but also because it suited educational policies of the time. It applies Bernstein's theory of pedagogic discourse (1990 & 1996) to the case study of the debate surrounding the introduction of a national curriculum in English in England in the late 1980s and the National Literacy Strategy in the 1990s, to demonstrate the links between academic theory and educational policy.
Wilf Malcolm Institute for Educational Research, University of Waikato. PB 3105, Hamilton, New Zealand. Tel: +64-7-858-5171; Fax: +64-7-838-4712; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom; United Kingdom (England)