The educational work of Basil Bernstein

Course Information
TitleΤΟ ΠΑΙΔΑΓΩΓΙΚΟ ΕΡΓΟ ΤΟΥ BASIL BERNSTEIN / The educational work of Basil Bernstein
SchoolPhilosophy and Education
Cycle / Level1st / Undergraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
CoordinatorEleni Chontolidou
Course ID280009146

Programme of Study: UPS School of Philosophy and Education (2011-today)

Registered students: 36
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
PedagogicCompulsory courses beloging to the selected specialisationWinter/Spring-6

Class Information
Academic Year2021 – 2022
Class PeriodSpring
Faculty Instructors
Weekly Hours3
Total Hours39
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Distance learning
Digital Course Content
Language of Instruction
  • Greek (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of the course, students will: Understand the sociological theory of Basil Bernstein They will be able to apply the theory to social and pedagogical phenomena They will be able to recognize in social reality the analytical categories of theory They will be able to discuss and compare BB theory with other sociological theories.
General Competences
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Work autonomously
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
Basil Bernstein's pedagogical theory is examined, including language codes, pedagogical discourse, visible and invisible pedagogy. Along with Bernstein's texts, research texts by other researchers using his theory will be studied. Introduction to the problem of cultural reproduction • About classification and framing of pedagogical knowledge • Social class and pedagogical practices • Codes, modes and processes of cultural reproduction • The construction of pedagogical discourse • APPENDIX: Bernstein's Experiments, Application of Bernstein's Theory in Second Chance Schools
class, codes, control
Educational Material Types
  • Notes
  • Video lectures
  • Book
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
Due to coronavirus the seminar is taught through zoom
Course Organization
Written assigments903.6
Student Assessment
Students are ecaluated by their presentation and the written assignment.
Student Assessment methods
  • Oral Exams (Formative)
  • Performance / Staging (Formative, Summative)
Course Bibliography (Eudoxus)
Bernstein, Basil (1989). Παιδαγωγικοί κώδικες και κοινωνικός έλεγχος/μετ. Ιωσήφ Σολομών. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια.
Additional bibliography for study
ελληνόγλωσση Bernstein, Basil (1989). Παιδαγωγικοί κώδικες και κοινωνικός έλεγχος/μετ. Ιωσήφ Σολομών. Αθήνα: Αλεξάνδρεια. Μπασλής, Ι.Ν. (1978). «Κοινωνική Γλωσσολογία και Εκπαίδευση: η θεωρία του Basil Bernstein», Νεοελληνική Παιδεία, 5, 66-72. Πάντα, Δήμητρα (1987). «Γλωσσική συμπεριφορά, κοινωνική τάξη και σχολική επίδοση: αναφορά στη θεωρία του Basil Bernstein», Λόγος και Πράξη, 32, 97-108. Σολομών, Ιωσήφ (1989). «Basil Bernstein: η παιδαγωγική προβληματική», Σύγχρονη Εκπαίδευση, 47, 31-42. Σολομών, Ιωσήφ (1994). «Εκπαιδευτική δράση και κοινωνική ρύθμιση των υποκειμένων», Πειθαρχία και γνώση/Τοπικά α΄. Αθήνα: Εταιρεία Μελέτης των Επιστημών του Ανθρώπου, 113-144. Φραγκουδάκη, ΄Αννα (1985). Κοινωνιολογία της Εκπαίδευσης. Αθήνα: Παπαζήσης. ξενόγλωσση Bernstein, B. (1971). Class, codes and control vol. 1: Theoretical studies towards a sociology of language. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Bernstein, B. (ed.) (1973). Class, codes and control volume 2: Applied studies towards a sociology of language. London & Boston: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Brandis, W. & Bernstein, B. (1974). Selection and control: teachers’ ratings of infant school children. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul. Bernstein, B. (1975, 1977). Class, codes and control vol. 3: Towards a theory of educational transmissions (Vol. 3). London: Routledge. Bernstein, B. (1990). Class, codes and control vol 4: The structuring of pedagogic discourse. London: Routledge. Bernstein, B. (1996). Pedagogy, symbolic control and identity: theory, research and critique. London: Taylor & Francis. Bernstein, B., Brannen, J. & Tizard, B. (eds) (1996). Children, research and policy. London, Bristol PA: Taylor & Francis. Bernstein, B. (2000). Pedagogy, symbolic control and identity: theory, research, critique (revised edition). Lanham, Maryland: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers Inc. Άλλων Atkinson, Paul (1985). Language, Structure and Reproduction: an introduction to the Sociology of Basil Bernstein. New York: Methuen. Atkinson, Paul et al eds (1995). Discourse and reproduction: essays in honor of Basil Bernstein. Cresskill: Hampton Press. Christie, Frances ed (1999). Pedagogy and the shaping of consiousness: lingusitic and social processes. London: Continuum. Morais, Ana et al. eds (2001). Towards a sociology of Pedagogy: the contribution of Basil Bernstein to Research. New York: Peter Lang. Power, Sally et al. eds (2001). A tribute to Basil Bernstein 1924-2000. University of London, Institute of Education. Rosen, Harold (19742). Language and Class: a critical look at the theories of Basil Bernstein. Bristol: Falling Wall Press. Sadovnik A. R. (ed.). Pedagogy and knowledge: the sociology of Basil Bernstein. Norwood, NJ: Ablex. Solomon, Joseph (1978). A study of the school as a socio-spatial mechanism for the reproduction of social and cultural order: open plan-open discourse (a case study). M.Sc. Thesis, University College London.
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