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Author Wheelahan, Leesa
Title Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculum : A Social Realist Argument
Imprint London : Taylor & Francis Group, 2010
©2010
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Edition 1st ed
Descript 1 online resource (209 pages)
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Series New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism) Ser
New Studies in Critical Realism and Education (Routledge Critical Realism) Ser
Note Cover -- Title -- Copyright -- Dedication -- Contents -- Acknowledgements -- Foreword -- 1 Introduction: what should we teach? -- 2 A Bernsteinian analysis of knowledge and the implications for curriculum -- 3 Evaluation and critique: a modified Bernsteinian basis for curriculum -- 4 What does commitment to realism mean for curriculum? -- 5 The role of the disciplines in curriculum: a critical realist analysis -- 6 How knowledge was dethroned in society and displaced in curriculum -- 7 The crisis of curriculum -- 8 The appropriation of constructivism by instrumentalism: the case of competency-based training -- 9 Conclusion: what type of curriculum do we need? The social realist alternative -- Notes -- References -- Index
What should we teach in our schools and vocational education and higher education institutions? Is theoretical knowledge still important?  This book argues that providing students with access to knowledge should be the raison d'être of education. Its premise is that access to knowledge is an issue of social justice because society uses it to conduct its debates and controversies. Theoretical knowledge is increasingly marginalised in curriculum in all sectors of education, particularly in competency-based training which is the dominant curriculum model in vocational education in many countries. This book uses competency-based training to explore the negative consequences that arise when knowledge is displaced in curriculum in favour of a focus on workplace relevance. The book takes a unique approach by using the sociology of Basil Bernstein and the philosophy of critical realism as complementary modes of theorising to extend and develop social realist arguments about the role of knowledge in curriculum. Both approaches are increasingly influential in education and the social sciences and the book will be helpful for those seeking an accessible introduction to these complex subjects. Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculum is a key reading for those interested in the sociology of education, curriculum studies, work-based learning, vocational education, higher education, adult and community education, tertiary education policy and lifelong learning more broadly
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Electronic reproduction. Ann Arbor, Michigan : ProQuest Ebook Central, 2020. Available via World Wide Web. Access may be limited to ProQuest Ebook Central affiliated libraries
Link Print version: Wheelahan, Leesa Why Knowledge Matters in Curriculum : A Social Realist Argument London : Taylor & Francis Group,c2010 9780415483186
Subject Bernstein, Basil B
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