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Changing primary education in Palestine: Pulling in several directions at once
, B. Davies
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Volume: 12
Issue: 1
Pages: 59 - 76
This article uses concepts from Bernstein's theory of curriculum and pedagogic practice (1971, 1977, 1990, 1996) in order to understand the micro-processes of schooling and, in particular, to locate and understand the type of pedagogy proposed for Palestinian schools by the Integrated Learning Project (ILP) whose introduction and trajectory in the wider social context is located, adopting Bernstein's model of cultural reproduction (1990). Three means were employed for data collection: non-participant classroom observation; informal and semi-structured interviews; and interrogation of secondary sources, relying heavily on official and school documents. A conversational modality of interview with key persons responsible for planning, training and monitoring of the ILP was also used in order to provide contextual data about policy processes. What was revealed suggested that even though there were some changes in particular areas in school practice, it does not seem that they can be regarded as amounting a child-centred pedagogy. There was little evidence to show that teachers in general were working effectively toward meeting pupils' different needs. © 2002, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.
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JournalInternational Studies in Sociology of Education