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Modalities of authority and the socialisation of the school in contemporary approaches to educational change

Eddy Spicer, David (2012) Modalities of authority and the socialisation of the school in contemporary approaches to educational change. In: Vygotsky and Sociology. Routledge, London and New York, pp. 114-134. ISBN 9780415678216

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Abstract

Recent policy promotes systemic reform in education through devolving responsibility to those who work within schools and promoting school-to-school relationships as a means of fundamentally shifting the organisation of schooling and the administration of the school. This chapter argues that devolution has introduced a new phase in the institution of schooling in which ever more articulated, complex and differentiated forms of administration accompany increasing complexity, but not necessarily transformation, of the instructional core. The chapter explores the connections between modalities of professional authority in the school as organization and schooling as a societal institution. The explanatory framework put forward takes relations of power and control as central to the construction of a pedagogic relationship operating between schools, establishing one organisation in the role of transmitter and another in the role of acquirer. This is a novel elaboration of the work of Basil Bernstein which has hitherto been constrained to analyses of pedagogic formation within schools rather than between them. The conceptualisation of these developmental relationships between schools as pedagogic relationships is also novel and opens a pathway to generalisable explanation rather than local description.

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Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > London Centre for Leadership in Learning
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Sep 2013 11:49
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