Re: [xmca] Talking Science

From: Phil Chappell (
Date: Thu Jan 18 2007 - 04:35:03 PST

Should have remembered that, Jay! Kay's work, including her coding
software, has been inspiring for me, much the same as Elice Forman's
in maths. By the way, adding to the conference announcements, there's
this one in my
new home that I promise to report on, Mike! Maybe we need a
"Conference Summary and Papers" link somewhere?


On 17/01/2007, at 10:35 PM, Jay Lemke wrote:

> Phil,
> Good luck with the Forum! looks like a lot of work, but rewarding.
> Yes, I know about the Bernstein conference and that the book was
> due out. I was on the examining committee for Kay O'Halloran's
> dissertation and have followed her work since, which is mainly on
> math education.
> Great to hear more from you when you have more time.
> JAY.
>> David and Jay,
>> I've been having dialogue with Fran Christie on and off over the
>> past couple of years and she's been a great 'expert other' for me
>> in my study on classroom discourse utilising SFL and Bernstein.
>> While I'm flat out preparing for 80 youth from across Asia to
>> descend on Bangkok for the Asian Youth Forum next week (including
>> a sizeable group from Korea, David), I haven't the time to add my
>> tuppence worth, but will when the forum is over at the end of the
>> month.
>> In the meantime, you might be interested in a new edited volume by
>> Christie and Martin that sprang from an SFL and Bernstein
>> conference at Sydney University a couple of years ago. It has a
>> chapter devoted to science education by Kay O'Halloran, but apart
>> from that, it is a book which overall seeks to look again at the
>> nature of knowledge and its construction. It thus by implication
>> touches on all the issues of being 'conservative' or alternatively
>> being 'critical' (which Jay alludes to in part).
>> Cheers,
>> Phil
>> Title: Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy
>> Subtitle: Functional Linguistic and Sociological Perspectives
>> Publication Year: 2006
>> Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
>> Book URL:
>> Editor: Frances Christie
>> Editor: J. R. Martin
>> Hardback: ISBN: 0826489176 Pages: 304 Price: U.K. 75.00
>> Abstract:
>> What makes academic disciplines different from each other? How do
>> these
>> differences affect the way they create and transmit different
>> forms of
>> knowledge? What makes them different from everyday discourse?
>> This book
>> tackles these important questions, exploring the nature of knowledge,
>> language and pedagogy in a genuinely transdisciplinary dialogue
>> between
>> systemic functional linguistics and the sociology of Basil
>> Bernstein. The
>> central focus of this cutting edge endeavour is the structure and
>> transmission of academic and educational knowledge: how different
>> disciplines are created, transformed and taught in institutional
>> settings.
>> An international consortium of functional linguists and Bernsteinian
>> sociologists examine the nature of knowledge, the genesis of
>> knowledge
>> forms in early childhood, and the organization of academic subjects,
>> including English, mathematics, social science and natural
>> science. The
>> result is a timely and original analysis of knowledge structures
>> at work in
>> educational institutions. Language, Knowledge and Pedagogy makes a
>> major
>> contribution to linguistics, applied linguistics, sociology and
>> educational
>> theory. It will be of interest to researchers and students working
>> in all
>> these areas._______________________________________________
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