Date: 02-Mar-2009 From: Luke Roberts <lrobertscontinuumbooks.com> Subject: Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy: Christie, Martin (Eds) E-mail this message to a friend
Title: Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy
Subtitle: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Editor: Frances Christie
Editor: J. R. Martin
Hardback: ISBN: 9780826489173 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. £ 75.00
Paperback: ISBN: 1847065724 9781847065728 Pages: 288 Price: U.K. £ 24.99
Paperback: ISBN: 1847065724 9781847065728 Pages: 288 Price: U.S. $ 49.95
Note: This is the paperback edition of a previously announced book.
This book explores the nature of knowledge, language and pedagogy from the perspective of two complementary theories: systemic functional linguistics, and Bernstein-inspired sociology. Bernstein's sociology of knowledge makes a distinction between horizontal and vertical discourses as ways in which knowledge is transmitted in institutional settings, with teachers as agents of symbolic control.
Systemic functional linguists have explored educational discourse according to similar hierarchies, and by bringing the two perspectives together this book shows the impact of language on knowledge and pedagogy. The contributors examine the different structures of knowledge and the flow of information within the school context, but also according to language in early childhood, literacy, English, the social sciences, science and mathematics. The result is a progressive and dynamic analysis of knowledge structures at work in educational institutions.