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The Interface between the Sociology of Practice and the Analysis of Talk in the Study of Change in Educational Settings

Harry Daniels

in The Oxford Handbook of Culture and Psychology

Published in print May 2012 | ISBN: 9780195396430
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195396430.013.0040

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 The Interface between the Sociology of Practice and the Analysis of Talk in the Study of Change in Educational Settings

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The point of departure for this chapter is the long-running methodological debate concerning the separability or inseparability of person and context in the analysis of human functioning. The intention is to discuss one means of bringing together the psychology that has developed in the wake of Vygotsky's early twentieth-century writing with the sociology of pedagogy developed by Basil Bernstein. The chapter also draws on methodological developments emanating from a 4-year study of professional learning in multi-agency services. The analysis provides a way of examining the sequential and contingent emergence of new forms of understanding in specific institutional settings. This provides one approach to research engagement with the processes of mutual shaping that occur between persons acting and the institutional settings in which they act.

Keywords: methodology; separability; bernstein; vygotsky; institutional modality

Article.  8464 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Social Psychology

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