The relation between adult education agents and the official pedagogical discourse: a case study in northern Portugal

Based on an ethnographic study of a team of adult education agents in an association of local development in the North of Portugal, this paper is aimed at studying the relation that these agents establish with the official pedagogical discourse emerging from State-dependent information structures. In order to develop this analysis, Basil Bernstein's model of pedagogical discourse structure was used for a theoretical basis. The results have showed that, in this particular case, the agents, in spite of having a strongly normative action, are able to establish an active relation with the official discourse. It can be observed that they often readapt this official discourse in their daily activity.

Official pedagogical discourse; Uses; Adult education agents


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