Education, Professionalization and Social Representations: On the Transformation of Social Knowledge

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2010-11-08
  • Publisher: Routledge

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This book presents a broad range of research related to how social knowledge is shared, transmitted and transformed in the context of education and professional formation. The chapters of this edited collection reflect different theoretical and empirical approaches to that form of common-sense knowledge called social representations, the theory of which was developed almost a half-century ago by Serge Moscovici. Scholars from various research institutions in Brazil, France and Sweden, spanning a wide variety of disciplines within the social sciences, have contributed chapters that are grouped into three main categories related to education, professionalization and transformation of knowledge. Part I covers theoretical approaches to understanding the transformation of social knowledge from the perspective of social representations. Part II analyzes the impact of the theory of social representations on the transformation of knowledge in the field of education and professional formation. Finally, Part III presents several empirical studies focused on the social and cultural frames that condition the transformation of knowledge. While the book is devoted to education and the emerging field of research on professionalization, it will also appeal to anyone with a general interest in how people acquire their worldviews and how these views influence their actions.

Table of Contents

List of Figuresp. xi
List of Tablesp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Acknowledgmentsp. xxiii
Introduction: Social Knowledge-Shared, Transmitted, Transformedp. 1
Theoretical Approaches
Transformations and Changes in Social Knowledge: Towards the Dynamics of Meaning Makingp. 17
Social Representations and Powerp. 33
Of Contextualized Use of "Social" and "Professional"p. 44
Understanding Professionaiization as a Representational Processp. 55
The Teacher's Workp. 68
Education Processes of the Teacher as an Apprenticep. 75
Social Representations and Cultures of Actionp. 86
Education and Professional Formation
The Theory of Social Representations as a Theoretical and Methodological Tool for Research on Teachers in Brazil: Analyses of Theses and Dissertationsp. 109
Teacher Students' Social Representations of How Adults Learnp. 123
Being a School Teacher in Brazilp. 134
Trainers of Adults: Professional Representations and Training Knowledgep. 147
Training and Rupturesp. 158
Socio-Cultural Contexts
Social Representations of Belonging in Pre-School Children's Peer-CulturesSolveig HägglundHägglund, Solveigp. 171
Transformations of Risk Knowledge-The Medical Encounter and Patients' Narrative Construction of Meaningp. 185
The Role of the Media in the Transformation of Citizens' Social Representations of Sufferingp. 200
Religiosity as a Way of Appropriating Knowledgep. 218
Appropriation of Knowledge and Social Psychology: Milgram's Experiment on Obedience to Authorityp. 228
Contributorsp. 241
Indexp. 245
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