Education Heresies colloquia 2011-2012 - Colloquium Seven

26 April 2012

Colloquium Seven – knowledge-blindness: how educational research neglects the basis of education

The Education Heresies series features leading education scholars and practitioners, speaking out on how educational research, policy and practice need to be challenged and transformed. Contemporary education is a contested field, influenced by agenda that go beyond quality teaching and learning, community building and equality of access and outcomes. The place of education in the national and international marketplace; the standardisation of education materials and standards in the face of increasing cultural and linguistic diversity; 'choice' in public and private schooling; the institutional taming or liberation of the transformative potential of digital; and online technologies are among the issues traversing and disrupting Australian education. Historically, challenges to the deep grammar of prevailing orthodoxies have been branded 'heretical'. This colloquium series invites leading educators to release their inner heretic. It presents opportunities to debate and challenge the prevailing orthodoxies as they are realised every day in policy, curriculum, pedagogy and research in and out of educational institutions. It is a forum in which we acknowledge that recognising deep disagreement on big issues is a necessary accompaniment to developing productive ways forward.

Dr Karl Maton
specialises in the sociologies of education, knowledge and culture. His interests are focused on questions of knowledge and society, including epistemology, the knowledge society, higher education, schooling, and cultural studies. Karl is the principal author of Legitimation Code Theory ('LCT'), a sociological framework for the study of social fields of practice. Dr Maton completed his PhD on The Field of Higher Education at the University of Cambridge. He has published in sociology, education, linguistics, philosophy and cultural studies, and previously worked at the University of Cambridge, The Open University, Keele University and the University of Wollongong.

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