Article | European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults | Between external prescription and local practice The uses of official knowledge by adult education professionals in Portugal

Title:
Between external prescription and local practice The uses of official knowledge by adult education professionals in Portugal
Author:
Armando Loureiro: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal Artur Cristóvão: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal Telmo Caria: University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro, Portugal
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0088
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Year:
2012
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
Pages:
65-80
No. of pages:
16
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Article
Published:
2013-04-10


This article presents the results of research where the main objective was to achieve a better understanding of the uses made by professionals in the adult education sphere of the official knowledge that provides the framework and guidelines for their work. The study was undertaken using Bernsteins theoretical model of the structure of official pedagogical discourse, and employed an essentially ethnographic fieldwork methodology to analyse the work of a team of adult education specialists working in a local development association in the north of Portugal. The results of the study show that the team was able to make both reproductive and recontextualising use of official knowledge, thereby demonstrating that, even in workplaces where external prescription is extremely influential, it is possible to put official knowledge to alternative i.e. more effective, locally-adapted use.

Keywords: Official knowledge; knowledge use; adult education professionals; sociology of education; Portugal

Volume 4, Issue: 1, Article 5, 2012

Author:
Armando Loureiro, Artur Cristóvão, Telmo Caria
Title:
Between external prescription and local practice The uses of official knowledge by adult education professionals in Portugal:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0088
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Volume 4, Issue: 1, Article 5, 2012

Author:
Armando Loureiro, Artur Cristóvão, Telmo Caria
Title:
Between external prescription and local practice The uses of official knowledge by adult education professionals in Portugal:
DOI:
10.3384/rela.2000-7426.rela0088
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  • Andreas Feje & Katherine Nicoll (2013). Editorial: Approaches to research in the education and learning of adults. European Journal for Research on the Education and Learning of Adults, 4(1): 7. DOI: 10.3384/rela.2000-7426.relae6
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