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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

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: British Journal of Sociology of Education
Uncontrolled Keywords: Bernstein ; university education ; quality ; inequality ; social science degrees
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Educational Research
ID Code: 58180
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Sep 2012 13:44
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 08:52
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/58180

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