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Realms Of Knowledge : Academic Departments In Secondary Schools - Leslie Santee Siskin

Realms Of Knowledge

Academic Departments In Secondary Schools

Hardcover Published: 16th July 2005
ISBN: 9780750702782
Number Of Pages: 232

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This study examines academic departments as a context for teaching in the secondary school. lt explores why teachers find departments to be crucial to the high school setting. In all three schools studied and in all four subjects English, Maths, Science and Social Science teachers - even those who felt isolated in their classrooms - located their sense of professional identity, practice and community in their departments. Departments are seen as boundaries for dividing the school; centres of social interaction; a micro political decision-making forum; as a subject knowledge category. Those concerns are important at this time as various attacks are being made on school structures and subject and administration fragmentation - in these cases subjects are seen as obstacles to change. To subject groups they are viewed as potential vehicles to carry and confirm the message.

Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
Introduction: The Realm of Knowledgep. 1
The Invisibility of Departmentsp. 7
Historical Background: From Realm to Realmsp. 21
The Studyp. 37
Boundaries and Barriersp. 69
Social Worldsp. 89
Power and Politicsp. 113
How the Subjects Matterp. 151
Underlining Differencesp. 183
App. A. Primary Interviewsp. 191
App. B. Survey Questionsp. 197
Referencesp. 201
Indexp. 214
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ISBN: 9780750702782
ISBN-10: 0750702788
Series: EDUCATION POLICY PERSPECTIVES
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 16th July 2005
Publisher: FALMER PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 1

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