Rethinking society and knowledge in Finnish social studies textbooks

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Hansen , P & Puustinen , M 2021 , ' Rethinking society and knowledge in Finnish social studies textbooks ' , Journal of Curriculum Studies , vol. 53 , no. 6 , pp. 857-873 . https://doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2021.1881169

Title: Rethinking society and knowledge in Finnish social studies textbooks
Author: Hansen, Petteri; Puustinen, Mikko
Contributor organization: Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Department of Education
Faculty of Educational Sciences
Date: 2021-11-02
Language: eng
Number of pages: 17
Belongs to series: Journal of Curriculum Studies
ISSN: 0022-0272
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00220272.2021.1881169
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/337399
Abstract: This paper discusses the relationship between knowledge and society in social studies by analysing how society is presented in four Finnish social studies textbooks currently in use in comprehensive education. Besides its empirical contribution, the paper examines the possibilities of applying Michael Young's understanding of powerful knowledge in social studies by complementing it with two additional theoretical approaches to society. Firstly, by applying Basil Bernstein's concept of recontextualisation, it is possible to elaborate on the way in which social studies textbooks reproduce societal power relations. Secondly, by observing the society of social studies textbooks in the light of Niklas Luhmann ' s social systems theory, it is possible to examine how social reproduction in social studies is related to temporal forms of knowledge in a functionally differentiated, multifaceted society. The findings indicate that due to the present-focused and institutional approach to society, the textbooks offer few tools for critical understanding and for changing society.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
Social studies
Finnish basic education
textbooks
powerful knowledge
social reproduction
systems theory
Peer reviewed: Yes
Rights: cc_by
Usage restriction: openAccess
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