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LCT is a field activity. It involves scholars and research students from Australia, South Africa, China, Denmark, UK and many other countries. Each time LCT is draw on to help explain a problem, the research speaks back to the theory, either forcing clarifications, developments and revisions or leading to the creation of external languages of description that are a part of the framework and which others may adopt or adapt for their own work. So, scholars using LCT seriously typically become contributing authors to the development of the field (see LCT bibliography and Postgraduate research).

The creator of LCT is Karl Maton, Professor of Sociology and Founding Director of the LCT Centre for Knowledge-Building at the University of Sydney. He completed his undergraduate, Masters and PhD degrees at the University of Cambridge and has worked for the University of Cambridge, the Open University, Keele University, University of Wollongong, and the University of Sydney. Karl has published in education, sociology, philosophy, cultural studies and linguistics. His Routledge author page, linked to his books, is here.  His Amazon author page, also listing his books, is here.

The nearest thing to a biographical text by Karl Maton is unrelated to LCT. Discussing research conducted as an undergraduate student in the late 1980s, Maton explores what the pop band 'The Smiths' meant to their fans:

Maton, K. (2010) Last night we dreamt that somebody loved us: Smiths fans and me in the late 1980s, in Campbell, S. & Coulter, C. (Eds.) Why Pamper Life's Complexities? Essays on The Smiths. Manchester, Manchester University Press, 179–194.

Journals

  • Member of Editorial Board of Teaching in Higher Education (2014–)
  • Member of Editorial Board of Learning: Research and Practice (2014–16)
  • Member of Editorial Board of International Journal of Sociology of Education (2011–)
  • Member of Editorial Board of British Journal of Sociology of Education (2011–)
  • Elected member of Editorial Committee of Journal of Critical Realism (2003–12).
  • Guest editor of academic journals: Special Issue of Linguistics and Education (2013); Special double issue of The Review of Education, Pedagogy & Cultural Studies on education (2004); Special issue of International Journal of Cultural Studies on education (2002).
  • Appointed member of Editorial Committee of Three-D (Media Communication & Cultural Studies Association, MeCCSA), October 2002

Conference organizing

  • Co-Chair of Second International Legitimation Code Theory Conference, July 2017, University of Sydney, Australia.
  • Member of organizing committee of First Legitimation Code Theory Colloquium, June 2015, Cape Town, South Africa
  • Member of organizing committee of Eighth International Basil Bernstein Symposium, July 2014, Nanzan University, Japan
  • Co-organiser of Seventh International Basil Bernstein Symposium, June 2012,  University of Provence, France
  • Member of organizing committee of Sixth International Basil Bernstein Symposium, June-July 2010, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia.
  • Co-organiser (with Prof Frances Christie) of Disciplinarity, Knowledge and Language: An international conference, University of Sydney, Dec 2008.
  • Co-organiser (with Dr Rob Moore) of Social Realism in Education: An international colloquium, University of Cambridge, July 2008.
  • Organiser of Engaging Realism ongoing seminar series, University of Sydney (2007-2009).
  • Organiser of 3 conference panels on cultural studies and education at the 3rd and 4th Crossroads in Cultural Studies International Conferences, 2000 (Birmingham University, UK) and 2002 (Tampere, Finland).

Visiting Professorships

  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2017–19
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2014–16
  • Honorary Visiting Professor, Rhodes University, South Africa, 2011–13
  • Elected Invited Professor, University of Provence, France, 2011

Invited Visiting Scholar

  • Institute of Education, London, April 2017
  • CPUT, Stellenbosch University and Wits University, South Africa, April 2016
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, Dec 2014.
  • CRISTIE Distinguished Fellow Award, University of Auckland, New Zealand, Nov 2014
  • CHED Fundani, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Sept 2014
  • CHERTL, Rhodes University, Oct 2014
  • Centre for Higher Education Development, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, Nov 2013
  • Centre for Higher Education Development, University of Cape Town, South Africa, Nov 2010 and Nov 2012
  • Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning, Rhodes University, South Africa, Nov 2010
  • Département de Sociologie, Université de Provence, June-July 2008
  • Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology, Dec 2004 and Nov 2005

Associations

  • President, Australasian Association for Critical Realism (2008–2011).
  • General Secretary, and elected member of Committee of Australasian Association for Critical Realism (2006–2008).
LCT Courses
  • 2015 Four seminars and workshops on ‘Analysing and changing education with Legitimation Code Theory’, Durban University of Technology, South Africa, Oct.
  • 2014 - Five half-day seminars: ‘Legitimation Code Theory’, Martin Centre for Appliable Linguistics, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China, December.
  • 2014 - Five half-day seminars: ‘Legitimation Code Theory: Analysing knowledge practices’, ISFC41 5-day Post-Congress Institute, Mendoza, Argentina, April.
  • 2013 - Week-long course of seven lectures on Legitimation Code Theory, plus 10 individual supervisions, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, South Africa, Nov.
  • 2013 Whole day with eight PhD students, Nottingham University, UK.
  • 2012 - Seven lectures on Legitimation Code Theory, plus 12 individual supervisions, Rhodes University, South Africa, Oct.
  • 2012 - Five half-day seminars: ‘Legitimation Code Theory: Analysing knowledge practices’, ISFC39 Pre-Congress Institute, University of Sydney.
  • 2011 - 12 lectures: ‘Seeing Knowledge and Knowers: Social realism, code theory and Legitimation Code Theory’, PhD lecture series, University of Sydney, July–Nov.
  • 2011 - University College Dublin, June. Masterclass 1: Sociology of education beyond Bourdieu and Bernstein: Legitimation Code Theory; Masterclass 2: The heartbeat of knowledge-building: How the ‘semantic wave’ is fundamental to just about everything we do in education.
  • 2011 - University of Provence, June. Masterclass 1: Legitimation Code Theory; Masterclass 2: The pulse of building knowledge: Teaching the ‘semantic wave’.
  • 2010 - Rhodes University, South Africa, Nov.Masterclass 1: Basil Bernstein’s ‘thinking tools’; Masterclass 2: Building beyond Bernstein: Legitimation Code Theory; Masterclass 3: Knowledge-building
  • 2010 - University of Cape Town, South Africa, Nov.Masterclass 1: Basil Bernstein’s ‘thinking tools’; Masterclass 2: Building beyond Bernstein: Legitimation Code Theory
  • 2010 MMSH, University of Provence, Aix-en-Provence, France: Bernstein’s code theory and Legitimation Code Theory.
  • 2009 - University of Cape Town, July: Two day workshop on Legitimation Code Theory.
  • 2009 - Australian Association for Research in Education Masterclasses: The utility of theory(ies) in educational research, Charles Sturt University, Oct: Masterclasses on Bourdieu and Bernstein.
  • 2005 - QUT, Australia, Nov: Three seminars: Sociology of Education in the 21st Century: Bourdieu, Bernstein & Beyond.
  • 2005 - University of Technology Sydney, Aug, Sept, Oct: Three part seminar series: Sociology of Education in the 21st Century: Bourdieu, Bernstein & Beyond - 1. Seeing Education: Pierre Bourdieu’s ‘field’; 2. Analysing Education: Basil Bernstein’s codes & devices; 3. Beyond Bourdieu & Bernstein: Legitimation Code Theory
Major research grants
  • ARC Linkage Project grant ($130,000, 2015–2017) - Rennie, Howard, Maton, Thomas, Ma - Investigating the Dynamics of Digital Inclusion

  • ARC Discovery Project grant ($360,241, 2013–2015) - Maton, Martin, Unsworth & Howard - Pedagogies for knowledge-building: Investigating subject-appropriate, cumulative teaching for twenty-first century school classrooms
  • Sydney Research Networks Scheme (SyReNs) ($391,264, 2012–2013) - multidisciplinary, multi-faculty research network at Sydney University - Learning Technology and the Learning Sciences

  • ARC Discovery Project grant ($360,000, 2009–2011) - Freebody, Martin & Maton - Disciplinarity, Knowledge and Schooling: Analysing and improving integrated, cumulative learning in classrooms

  • ARC Discovery Project grant ($80,000, 2009–2010) - Bennett & Maton - Living and Learning in a Knowledge Society: The implications of young adults’ knowledge-creating practices for higher education

  • University of Sydney, DVCE research grant ($85,000, 2008–2010) - Maton & Bennett - The Role of ICTs at the University of Sydney: The educational implications of staff and student perspectives

  • Australian Learning and Teaching Council competitive grant ($177,000, 2006–2009) - Kennedy, Krause, Judd, Gray, Bennett, Dalgarno, Maton & Bishop - Educating the Net Generation: Implications for Learning and Teaching in Australian Universities

On Rob Moore

"A number of people have asked me about Rob Moore, the prolific code theory scholar who passed away in April 2014. He was one of my best friends for twenty years and simply wonderful. When he died, I wrote some thoughts about him, which I am asking the webteam to upload, as a tribute to my dear friend" – Karl Maton

Karl's thoughts are here.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 13 December 2016 15:09