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Classroom Structuration and the Development of Social Representations of the Curriculum

Ivinson, Gabrielle Mary and Duveen, Gerard 2005. Classroom Structuration and the Development of Social Representations of the Curriculum. British Journal of Sociology of Education 26 (5) , pp. 627-642. 10.1080/01425690500293603

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Abstract

The study drew on Bernstein's theory and Moscovici's theory of Social Representations to investigate how children in classrooms with different types of structuration developed social representation of the curriculum. Comparable case studies were carried out in schools chosen to reflect three types of pedagogy according to Bernstein's typology. Twelve classrooms took part and ethnographic investigations were employed to compile a typology of recognition and realisation rules to map the range and type of curriculum structuration in each. Children's representations of the curriculum were investigated through specially designed tasks. Findings showed that as children gained experience of schooling they constructed more elaborate social representations of the curriculum regardless of the pedagogic mode and that classroom structuration became a feature of the junior rather than the infant children's representations. Older children in classrooms with performance pedagogies had two classifications for recognising classroom culture, while those in classrooms with mixed and competence pedagogies did not.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 0142-5692
Last Modified: 19 Mar 2016 22:06
URI: http://orca-mwe.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/3234

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