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Official pedagogic discourses and the construction of learners’ identities

Bourne, Jill (2008) Official pedagogic discourses and the construction of learners’ identities In, Hornberger, Nancy H. (eds.) Encyclopedia of Language and Education. Springer

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Chapter providing an account of Basil Bernstein's concept of official pedagogic discourse and the analytic frameworks emerging from this work, and their relevance to language policy as well as its various manifestations in contemporary classrooms. The paper examines how Bernstein's ideas have been taken up subsequently and their particular relevance for the current policy environment, with references crossing USA, UK and Australia, and indicating the ways in which management and business discourses are seeping into education discourse. Its concluding section considers the challenges posed to official pedagogic discourse by the advent of new media and the internet, by changes in forms of representation in education and the transformation of modes of communication.

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Submitted date: August 2006
Published date: 2008
Keywords: Official Pedagogic Discourse, Identity, Discourse, Pedagogy, Bernstein, Language Education, Personalisation


Local EPrints ID: 41452
ISBN: 038730424X
PURE UUID: a88b7fd2-1ec5-4390-acef-4f8f544d08db

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Date deposited: 12 Sep 2006
Last modified: 17 Jul 2017 15:30

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Author: Jill Bourne
Editor: Nancy H. Hornberger

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