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ERIC Number: EJ870365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-0958-5176
Ground Rules for Talk: The Acceptable Face of Prescription
Lambirth, Andrew
Curriculum Journal, v20 n4 p423-435 Dec 2009
In this second article on the theory of "ground rules for talk" I extend a debate between myself and Professor Neil Mercer over the introduction of "ground rules" into classrooms. I critique ground rules through the use of sociological theory and argue that advocates of the ground rules perspective need to recognise the ideological nature of their theoretical position. In making this article a clear extension of my previous argument I introduce the work of Bernstein and Fairclough to support my new arguments. I use Bernstein's theory of pedagogy as cultural relay and Fairclough's appropriateness model of language variation to critique "ground rules perspectives". In doing so, I draw out the political nature of educational theory and curriculum within the context of a specific socio-economic society.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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