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Knowledge and the Future of the Curriculum

International Studies in Social Realism

  • Brian Barrett
  • Elizabeth Rata

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Introduction: Knowledge and the Future of the Curriculum

    1. Elizabeth Rata, Brian Barrett
      Pages 1-20
  3. Powerful Knowledge

  4. Knowledge Politics and Policy

  5. Powerful Knowledge in the Curriculum

  6. Pedagogical Implications of Powerful Knowledge

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 167-167
    2. Yael Shalem, Lynne Slonimsky
      Pages 198-212
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 213-238

About this book


This collection explores why powerful knowledge matters for social justice and discusses its implications for curriculum and pedagogy. The contributors argue that the purpose of education is to provide all students with access to powerful knowledge so that they acquire the means to move beyond their experiences and enhance their lives.


Sociology of education Social realism Powerful knowledge Curriculum Pedagogy Education and equality Theory of knowledge Realism Basil Bernstein Emile Durkheim curriculum democracy education education reform school sociology sociology of education

Editors and affiliations

  • Brian Barrett
    • 1
  • Elizabeth Rata
    • 2
  1. 1.State University of New York CollegeCortlandUSA
  2. 2.University of AucklandNew Zealand

About the editors

John Beck, University of Cambridge, UK Chris Corbel, University of Melbourne, Australia Jeanne Gamble, University of Cape Town, South Africa Karl Maton, University of Sydney, Australia Graham McPhail, University of Auckland, New Zealand Rob Moore, University of Cambridge, UK John Morgan, University of Auckland, New Zealand Johan Muller, University of Cape Town, South Africa Barbara Ormond, University of Auckland, New Zealand Yael Shalem, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Lynne Slonimsky, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa Michael Young, University of London, UK

Bibliographic information


"Knowledge and the Future of the Curriculum, packs in a collection of 'powerful' analyses from seminal scholars working in diverse areas of research and international contexts, and who share a common vision for what a future-oriented curriculum must look like if it is to be both socially just and truly progressive ... The book will be of particular interest to graduate schools of education seeking rigorous programs of study, especially considering the rich theoretical framework presented and the application of the framework to various debates occurring in the field as well as to various research programs." - International Studies in Sociology of Education