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Beyond education

LCT can be used to analyse socio-cultural practices beyond formal educational institutions, as these projects are showing:

  • Mobile learning in museum contexts
  • Freemasonry
  • Restorative justice
  • Indigenous knowledges and the law: Native title claim
  • Parliamentary procedures
  • Media-oriented discourses, including by scientists and politicians
  • Armed forces
  • Theatre direction


Carvalho, L., Dong, A. & Maton, K. (2015) Foregrounding knowledge in e-learning design: An illustration in a museum setting, Australian Journal of Educational Technology, 31(3): 328–348.

Singh, V. & Gero, J.S. (2013) Developing a multi-agent model to study the social formation of design practice, Fourth International Conference on Research into Design, Indian Institute of Technology Madras, India.

Carvalho, L. (2010) A Sociology of Informal Learning in/about Design, unpublished PhD thesis, University of Sydney.

Carvalho, L., Dong, A. & Maton, K. (2009) Legitimating design: A sociology of knowledge account of the field, Design Studies 30(5): 483-502.

Carvalho, L. & Dong, A. (2007) Knowledge and identity in the design field. In Zehner, R. & Reidsema, C. (Eds.) Proceedings of ConnectED International Conference on Design Education.Sydney, UNSW. ISBN - 978-00646-48147-0


Poulet, C. (2016) Knowledge and knowers in tacit pedagogic contexts: The case of Freemasonry in France, in K. Maton, S. Hood & S. Shay (eds) Knowledge-building: Educational studies in Legitimation Code Theory, London: Routledge.

Poulet, C. (PhD 2011; mention très honorable avec les félicitations du jury à l’unanimité), L’apprentissage d'une pratique democratique: L'exemple de la prise de parole en Franc-Maconnerie, Department of Sociology, University of Provence, France.

Poulet, C. (2011) Le maniement du raisonnement analogique dans l’apprentissage maçonnique: transférabilité du sens et abstraction du langage. Signes, Discours et Sociétés, SDS_7 Représentations métaphoriques de l'univers environnant, 12 juillet.

Poulet, C. (2010) Recognising and revealing knowers: An enhanced Bernsteinian analysis of masonic recruitment and apprenticeship, British Journal of Sociology of Education, 31(6): 793-812.


Zappavigna, M. & Martin, J.R. (2014) Mater Dolorosa: Negotiating support in NSW Youth justice ConferencingInternational Journal for the Semiotics of Law, 27: 263–75.

Martin, J.R., Zappavigna, M. & Dwyer, P. (2014) Beyond redemption: Choice and consequence in Youth Justice Conferencing, in F. Yan & J. J. Webster (eds) Developing Systemic Functional Linguistics: Theory and application, London: Equinox.

Martin, J.R., Zappavigna, M., Cleirigh, C. & Dwyer, P. (2013) Users in uses of language: Embodied identity in Youth Justice Conferencing, Text and Talk, 33(4–5): 467–496.

Martin, J.R., Zappavigna, M. & Dwyer, P. (2011) Angry boys: Casting identity in NSW Youth Justice Conferencing, Language and the Law: Special event of ALAA, ALANZ & ALS conferences, Canberra, Dec.

Martin, J.R. & Zappavigna, M. (2010) Beyond redemption: Choice and consequence in Youth Justice Conferencing, in F. Yan (ed) Proceedings of the 36th International Systemic Functional Linguistics Association Conference. Beijing, Higher Education Press.

Martin, J.R. (2009) Realisation, instantiation and individuation: some thoughts on identity in youth justice conferencing. DELTA - Documentação de Estudos em Linguistica Teorica e Aplicada 25. 2009. 549-583. (Also Keynote paper, 36th International Systemic Functional Congress, Tsinghua University, China, July 2009). [see also Systemic functional linguistics]


O’Brien, R. & Elder, C. (2013) New ways for exploring who knows what in a native title case: A sociological approach, Australian Aboriginal Studies, 2: 29–41.

O’Brien, R. (2012) Native title and the politics of place and space, Theorising Indigenous Sociology Workshop, University of Sydney, July.


Siebörger, I. & Adendorff, R.D. (in press) “We’re talking about semantics here”: Axiological condensation in the South African parliament, Functions of Language.

Siebörger, I. & Adendorff, R.D. (2015) Black-boxing and the politics of oversight in the South African parliament, in M.N. Dedaic (ed.) Singing, Speaking and Writing Politics: South African political discourses, Amsterdam: Benjamins, 43–66.

Siebörger, I. & Adendorff, R.D. (2015) Resemiotizing concerns from constituencies in the South African parliament, Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 33(2): 171-197.


Toll, Mathew (PhD, current) Climate change, internet and public discourse, Department of Sociology & Social Policy, University of Sydney, Australia.

Chaowei, Pang (PhD) The Discursive Re-legitimation of the Iraq War in George W. Bush’s Speeches: A corpus-assisted critical discourse study, National University of Defence Technology, Changsha, China.

Wang, Chen (PhD) Media Cosmology: Analysis of negative attitude in media discourse, University of Sydney & Xiamen University, China.


Thomson, E. (2014) Battling with WordsA study of language, diversity and social inclusion in the Australian Department of Defence, Canberra: Australian Government, Department of Defence.

Thomson, E. (2014) Special Report: Towards inclusion: Language use in the Department of Defence, Canberra: Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

Thomson, E. (2014) Battling with Words: A study of language, diversity and social inclusion in the Australian Department of Defence, MPhil in Humanities and Social Sciences, University of New South Wales, Australia.

OTHER TOPICS: Law, Occupational therapy, Climate change debate, Theology, theatre direction training, yoga, engineering

Gibbons, J. (2017) Exploring conceptual legal knowledge building in law students' reflective reports using theoretical constructs from sociology of education: what, how and why?, The Law Teacher, DOI: 10.1080/03069400.2016.1273458

Glenn, E. (PhD, 2016) From Clashing to Matching: Examining the legitimation codes that underpin shifting views about climate change, Institute for Sustainable Futures, University of Technology Sydney, Australia.

Wolff, K. (PhD, 2015) Negotiating Disciplinary Boundaries in Engineering Problem-Solving Practice, University of Cape Town, South Africa.

Hay, C. (PhD, 2014) Learning to Inhabit The Chair: Knowledge transfer in contemporary Australian director training, Department of Performance Studies, University of Sydney, Australia.

Whitcombe, S.W. (2013) Problem-based learning students' perceptions of knowledge and professional identity: Occupational therapists as 'knowers', British Journal of Occupational Therapy, 76(1): 37-42.

Meyer, W. (2014) Legitimation Code Theory: Exploring its implications for the study of the New Testament, Annual Meeting of the New Testament Society of Southern Africa, Bloemfontein, April.

McCartney, P. (PhD, 2016) Shanti Mandir: Authenticity, economy and emotion in a yoga ashram, School of Culture, History and Language, College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University.

Moncayo, V.A.L. (PhD, 2014) A Sustainability Cosmology: An analysis of a “green” company’s sustainability report, Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.

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