Title: 'Different Types of Legitimacy’: University Students’ Recognition of the Organizing principles of Knowledge.
Results and discussion.
|Alex 'talking back' to the settler state.|
"Sociologists often view the authority of knowledge as a reflection of social power. Educational research mirrors with theories that treat knowledge as primarily “knowledge of the powerful” (Young 2009:13). This study employed conceptual tools from Legitimation Code Theory (Maton 2014) and Systemic Functional Linguistics (Eggins 1994; Martin 1993) to explore university student’s perceptions of knowledge claims and if knowledge is deemed to be shaped both by social relations and epistemic relations. Sixteen semi-structured interviews were conducted in 2012 for an honours research project with participants from four Sydney based Universities. Results indicated that students perceive knowledge to have its own organizing principles, its legitimacy and power not reducible to who has the social power to claim knowledge."
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|Desk in post-grad centre, Fisher Library.|
|Muholi,Z. 2004, ‘Aftermath’. (Appendix 1)|
The citation for the thesis in a bibliography should look something like this:The thesis is centred on how University students perceive the legitimacy of knowledge claims. Contemporary sociological theory is often concerned with the transformations associated with the emergent “knowledge economy” and “knowledge society”. In view of this, University students’ perception of knowledge claims is of practical concern due to their future role as knowledge-workers and potential members of the power elite. To address these issues, elements of Social Realism, Legitimation Code Theory and Systemic Functional Linguistics have been drawn on to conceptualize language, knowledge claims and the organizing principles of their contextual use. The main conclusion drawn in this research is that University students have a nuanced understanding of the forms knowledge claims that can be legitimately employed in divergent contexts; thereby positioning themselves with respect to the context and negatively evaluating types of knowledge claims inappropriately employed.
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