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Curriculum reform in higher education: A contested space

  • Curriculum reform in higher education: A contested space
  • Teaching in Higher Education, 20(4), 431-441, 2015
  • Routledge
  • 2015
    • Hong Kong
    • 1997.7 onwards
    • Post-Secondary Education
  • Drawing on the theoretical and analytical tools from the sociology of education, in particular the work of Basil Bernstein and Karl Maton, the paper explores the tensions within curriculum reform discourses and how these tensions play out in different global contexts. The analysis focuses on two curriculum reform policies -- Hong Kong and South Africa. On the surface the policies appear to be addressing a similar problem of inadequate schooling systems and proposing a similar solution, the restructuring of the undergraduate degree from three to four years. Drawing on the principles of temporality and specialization from Legitimation Code Theory, the analysis shows that the underlying logic for these reforms is very different. A comparison of these different logics provides insight into the highly contested space of curriculum reform and the implications for addressing inequality.
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    • English
  • Journal Articles
    • 13562517
  • 2015-10-16

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