'Not everybody walks around and thinks “That’s an example of othering or stigmatisation”’: identity, pedagogic rights and the acquisition of undergraduate sociology-based social science knowledge

McLean, Monica and Abbas, Andrea and Ashwin, Paul (2015) 'Not everybody walks around and thinks “That’s an example of othering or stigmatisation”’: identity, pedagogic rights and the acquisition of undergraduate sociology-based social science knowledge. Theory and Research in Education, 13 (2). pp. 180-197. ISSN 1477-8785

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Abstract

The paper places itself in conversation with literature about how the experience and outcomes of university education are structured by intersections between social class, ethnicity, gender, age and type of university attended. The focuses is on the acquisition of sociological knowledge of undergraduate students in four universities of different reputation. It employs Basil Bernstein’s concepts of pedagogic identity, pedagogic rights, classification and framing. Drawing on curriculum analysis and a longitudinal study of 31 students, the paper describes and illustrates the nature of the sociology-based disciplinary identity found; and, shows how the formation of this identity gives access to pedagogic rights thereby developing valuable capabilities. Addressing the question of whether pedagogic rights are distributed unequally by university, it was found that they were not distributed, as might be expected, according to institutional hierarchy. It is argued that the acquisition of university sociological knowledge can disrupt social inequality.

Keywords:Basil Bernstein, university education, sociological knowledge, pedagogic identity, disciplinary identity, pedagogic rights, capabilities, bmjgoldcheck, NotOAChecked
Subjects:X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
X Education > X300 Academic studies in Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
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Deposited On:01 Nov 2014 21:58

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