1st Edition

Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values
Contemporary issues in education

Edited By

Tom Woodin

ISBN 9780415725248
Published November 12, 2014 by Routledge
236 Pages

USD $64.95

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Book Description

The rapidity of change in education has intensified in recent years. With the emergence of ‘co-operative schools’ and a new framework focusing heavily on co-operation, a direct challenge to ways of thinking about education, at both school and university level, has developed.

Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values addresses the urgent need to describe, analyse and assess the growth of co-operative education. The relationship between co-operation and education is a complex process and this book critically reflects on the tensions and obstacles facing this movement. It brings together the contributions of academics and practitioners from a range of backgrounds, and explores topics including:

    • Theories and histories of co-operative values and principles
    • Critical views of the practice of co-operative education
    • Case studies of processes in action from both schools and higher education
    • Co-operative education in a wider context

This book provides an essential introduction to a new and expanding area of research with chapters by many leading commentators in education. It will be of interest to researchers and educators interested in education and social policy.

Table of Contents

1. An introduction to co-operative education in past and present Part I: Frameworks for co-operative education 2. Why co-operative schools should oppose competition and what they might do instead 3. Richard Pring, No school can go it alone: the necessity of partnership and co-operation 4. Philip A. Woods, Co-operativism as an alternative: choice, assimilation and challenge Part II: Co-operative schools 5. Gail Davidge, Keri Facer and John Schostak, Co-operatives, democracy and education: a critical reflection 6. Sarah Jones, Contrived collegiality? Investigating the efficacy co-operative teacher development 7. Ashley Simpson, Co-operative democracy in practice – a learner’s perspective 8. Dave Brockington, The impact of co-operative skills and approaches on young people’s development and attainment: an ASDAN perspective 9. Tom Woodin, Co-operative schools: putting values into practice Part III: Co-operative education in co-operatives and higher education 10. Stephen Yeo, The co-operative university? Transforming higher education 11. Diarmuid McDonnell & Elizabeth Macknight, Policy, principles and practice: co-operative studies in higher education 12. Linda Shaw, A turning point? Mapping co-operative education in the UK 13. Ian MacPherson, Mainstreaming some lacunae: developing co-operative studies as an interdisciplinary, international field of enquiry Co-operation and competition – a commentary by Tim Brighouse Conclusion Appendix Statement of Co-operative Identity

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Tom Woodin is Senior Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University of London.


"It is rare that visions for radical social, economic and cultural change are accompanied by both rich histories of struggle and compelling examples of actually existing accomplishment; it is even rarer to find accounts of such possibilities that are convincing in a new educational order which specialises in cultivating despair. Co-operation, Learning and Co-operative Values is an antidote to this mystification and should be read widely by anyone seeking inspiration for their own visions and strategies for transforming education." - Sarah Amsler, University of Lincoln