A sociologist teaches history: some epistemological and pedagogical reflections

MORRISON, Andrew (2017). A sociologist teaches history: some epistemological and pedagogical reflections. Educational Studies, 53 (3), 233-246.

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    This article discusses the concept of ‘historical sociology’ in relation to the teaching of a module on an undergraduate degree in Education Studies at a university in the United Kingdom. The module examines the history of education policy in England from 1870 until the present day. Drawing upon comparisons with Social Foundations of Education programs in the United States, I examine some key epistemological and pedagogical issues raised by the inter-disciplinary approach to teaching and learning followed within the module in which we combine historical and sociological perspectives as a means to understand the evolution of the English education system. In particular, using Bernstein’s concept of the pedagogic device as an analytical framework, I consider the epistemological congruence of sociology and history as the contributory disciplines of the undergraduate module. From a discussion of the concept of historical sociology, I conclude that although sociology and history are distinct subjects, they share a large amount of analytical ground which thus facilitates the inter-disciplinary approach pursued within the module. Following that, I examine some pedagogical issues that have arisen in my experience of teaching upon the module and I discuss how I have addressed these. I conclude the article by making comparisons to relevant examples from pedagogical practices in Social Foundations of Education programs in the United States.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: Education Studies; History; Sociology; Epistemology; Inter-disciplinary
    Departments - Does NOT include content added after October 2018: Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities > Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1080/00131946.2017.1297301
    Page Range: 233-246
    Depositing User: Andrew Morrison
    Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 16:46
    Last Modified: 18 Mar 2021 10:31
    URI: https://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/15229

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