Constructions of educational discourse

Year: 1997

Author: Kirk, David, Macdonald, Doune, Penney, Dawn

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

Developing the work of Basil Bernstein on the social construction of educational discourse, this paper investigates the relationships between senior high school health and physical education and university human movement studies, focusing particularly on the ways in which knowledge in each field is constructed at their interface. The paper reports on the findings of a study tht examined the relationships between these fields over time, university students' constructions of this relationship, and the realisation of this relationship in the workplace practices of health and physical education teachers. The paper concludes with some recommendations for policy and curriculum development in both schools and tertiary institutions.