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Firth Roger (2011). « Making geography visible as an object of study in the secondary school curriculum ». Curriculum Journal, vol. 22, n° 3, septembre, p. 289–316. ISSN 09585176. 
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Resource type: Journal Article
ID no. (ISBN etc.): 09585176
BibTeX citation key: Firth2011
Categories: General
Subcategories: Contenus d'enseignement
Keywords: curriculum, géographie
Creators: Firth
Collection: Curriculum Journal
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This article considers disciplinary-based knowledge and its recontextualisation and acquisition in the secondary school curriculum. It starts from the premise that teaching disciplinary knowledge is important. The focus is the subject of geography and the increasingly influential realist school of thought in the sociology of education and the endeavour to 'bring knowledge back' into education. Social realist theorists emphasise the importance of the explanatory power of specialist or disciplinary knowledge. Basil Bernstein's ideas of hierarchical and horizontal knowledge structures are being developed in order to bring into view the epistemological principles that underpin the recontextualisation of such knowledge within the school curriculum that can support meaningful learning. The generative capacity of Bernstein's typology is illustrated by the work of Maton who places knower structures and legitimation codes alongside Bernstein's knowledge structures. The article outlines this 'structure of knowledge' approach before discussing the nature of geographical knowledge. Consideration is then given to how these ideas about the structuring of knowledge might influence thinking about the geography curriculum and pedagogy. In recognising the significance of the social realist approach to knowledge and the link between discipline and curriculum, the article ends with some thoughts about the limitations of social realism as an overarching theory of knowledge for educational purposes. These revolve around the nature of epistemic communities and specifically: the extent to which social realism recognises the socio-epistemic relation between educational and disciplinary contexts; the under-theorisation of the field of knowledge production itself; and the fact that social realist theorists tend to ignore a key aspect of the epistemic relation of knowledge - what knowledge is about. Engagement with such issues is necessary to support a model of education centred on the student, the teacher and knowledge and concerned with knowledge orientation as well as knowledge acquisition.
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