Disciplinary knowledge, pedagogy, and assessment in non-university marine engineering education–consequences for student academic success

Anette Lykke Hindhede, Karin Højbjerg

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Abstract

This paper explicates the codes that prescribe and shape the marine engineer student in times of massification and high attrition rates in Danish non-university higher education. In a case study of a Danish school of marine engineering, the Bernsteinian concept of knowledge structures and Legitimation Code Theory support analysing the official curriculum along with teacher and student interviews to determine what is considered knowledge and whose knowledge is deemed important. We find that teachers’ pedagogical decisions are embedded in the epistemological and social conventions of their individual educational backgrounds. Their struggles on content and pedagogic approach make it difficult for students to understand what is legitimate knowledge and who can claim to be a legitimate knower. To offer more students epistemic access to non-university academic study and increase student success, the epistemic and evaluative logics of the pedagogic discourses to which students are exposed must be clarified and made explicit.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
TidsskriftTeaching in Higher Education
ISSN1356-2517
DOI
StatusE-pub ahead of print - 2022

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