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ERIC Number: EJ856029
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 66
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
Binaries and beyond: A Bernsteinian Perspective on Change in Literacy Education
Chen, Honglin; Derewianka, Beverly
Research Papers in Education, v24 n2 p223-245 Jun 2009
In this paper, we adopt Bernstein's notion of the pedagogic device to serve as a framework for explaining conflict and change in the field of literacy education across the past few decades, particularly in England, the USA and Australia. Following an overview of the pedagogic device and related constructs, we examine the relationship between the field of knowledge production and how this has been recontextualised into curriculum policy, firstly in the period when "progressivist" pedagogy was in the ascendant, exemplified by the whole language movement, and then when a more "skills" orientation took sway, with phonics as its touchstone. We argue that the pedagogic device provides a useful context for exploring how ideology operates both within fields and at the interfaces between fields. In particular, the sets of binary oppositions proposed by Bernstein can be used in crude form to describe the entrenched polarisations experienced in the field of literacy education--or they can be used in a more nuanced way to open up new possibilities for change. (Contains 1 table and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Primary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; United Kingdom (England); United States