ABSTRACT

It is the ‘specialist forms of social organisation’ (the knowledge disciplines) that ‘remain the major social bases for guaranteeing the objectivity of knowl- edge’ (Moore and Young, 2010, p. 30). Yet what happens when those dis- ciplines do not reach students in schools, do not, to use Bernstein’s words, become “recontextualised” as school subjects? In this final chapter I address the question with reference to the example of the New Zealand national cur- riculum. The constructivist approach to knowledge with its emphasis on stu- dent competency to use knowledge has affected that country’s curriculum. There appears to be no consistent pattern across subjects about how much content is included. For some subjects the curriculum is the main source of guidance, in others assessment processes define examinable content, while in others prescriptive information is included in subject guidelines.