The use and value of Bernstein’s work in studying (in)equalities in undergraduate social science education

McLean, Monica and Abbas, Andrea and Ashwin, Paul (2013) The use and value of Bernstein’s work in studying (in)equalities in undergraduate social science education. British Journal of Sociology of Education, 34 (2). pp. 262-280. ISSN 0142-5692

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Abstract

This paper illustrates how critical use of Basil Bernstein’s theory illuminates the mechanisms by which university knowledge, curriculum and pedagogy both reproduce and interrupt social inequalities. To this end, empirical examples are selected from the findings of the ESRC-funded project ‘Pedagogic Quality and Inequality in University First Degrees’ (RES-062-23-1438, November 2008–January 2012). The project investigated sociology-related social science degrees in four social science departments in universities in different positions in influential UK higher education league tables. A Bernsteinian lens throws fresh light on how university education might contribute to a more egalitarian society.

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Additional Information:This paper illustrates how critical use of Basil Bernstein’s theory illuminates the mechanisms by which university knowledge, curriculum and pedagogy both reproduce and interrupt social inequalities. To this end, empirical examples are selected from the findings of the ESRC-funded project ‘Pedagogic Quality and Inequality in University First Degrees’ (RES-062-23-1438, November 2008–January 2012). The project investigated sociology-related social science degrees in four social science departments in universities in different positions in influential UK higher education league tables. A Bernsteinian lens throws fresh light on how university education might contribute to a more egalitarian society.
Keywords:Basil Bernstein, Inequality, higher education, sociology, curricula, pedagogy, knowledge, social class
Subjects:L Social studies > L300 Sociology
X Education > X342 Academic studies in Higher Education
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Education
ID Code:6994
Deposited By: Andrea Abbas
Deposited On:30 Nov 2012 12:25
Last Modified:05 Dec 2013 10:43

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