The sacred and the profane: subject subculture, pedagogical practice and teachers' perceptions of the classroom uses of ICT

John, Peter (2005) The sacred and the profane: subject subculture, pedagogical practice and teachers' perceptions of the classroom uses of ICT. Educational Review, 57 (4). pp. 471-490. ISSN 0013-1911

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Abstract

Drawing on extensive interview data with 37 participants across six subject areas (maths, science, English, music, modern foreign languages and geography) this paper explores and explains the extent to which subject teachers and their various epistemic communities or subject sub‐cultures negotiate the relationship between ICT and learning in their subject contexts. The study uses Bernstein's conception of ‘the sacred and the profane’ as a heuristic to guide the dynamics of the process. Using a content analysis based on grounded themes, the findings show that with extended and supported use ‘transaction spaces’ emerge where subject teachers begin to negotiate with new technologies thus creating new meanings and accommodations. These changes are evolutionary rather than transformatory with the evidence pointing to a ‘new’ blend of technology and subject taking place; a trend that highlights the centrality of pragmatic pedagogy and the importance of the ‘pedagogic dependent ICT resource’.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: ICT; Learning; Teachers
Subjects: Education
Depositing User: Rod Pow
Date Deposited: 17 Apr 2012 13:52
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2016 13:56
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/306

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