Basil Bernstein is arguably one of the most important educational theorists of the late 20th century. Whilst most academics and students in sociology of education know of Bernstein, few can claim to fully understand the scope and power of his work, which simply cannot be matched by any of his contemporaries.
This book, written by a team of international contributors, offers an insight into the richness and depth of his theories. It demonstrates the growing recognition of the value of Bernstein's work to understanding unfolding developments in education systems around the world today.
The volume is divided into four sections:
* Section 1 considers the work of the theorists that Bernstein worked 'through' and 'with', from Durkheim and Marx to Bourdieu and Foucault
* Section 2 focuses on teaching and learning in school contexts and draw on current issues like boy's underachievement, citizenship, system reform and language learning in varied cultural contexts
* Section 3 applies Bernstein's theories to teacher education
* Section 4 focuses on international and higher education
This comprehensive text will show the international academic community in education and sociology - as well as students on education, sociology, sociolinguistic and social pyschology degrees - how to read and use Bernstein.
Johan Muller is a Professor at the School of Education, University of Cape Town.
Ana Morais is Professor at the University of Lisbon.
'The authors of Section 2 had made some of Bernstein's ideas more accessible than he did himself.' - British Journal of Educational Studies, June 2005
"[T]his volume is concerned with critically examining real practices, which give rise to theoretical perspectives with real possibilities for intervention: a fitting tribute to the enduring legacy of Basil Bernstein." --Kay L. O'Halloran, National University of Singapore, Pedagogies: An International Journal