1st Edition

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

Edited By Tom Woodin Copyright 2015
    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    236 Pages
    by Routledge

    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.

    Ch 1. Tom Woodin, An introduction to co-operative education in past and present

    Frameworks for co-operative education

    Ch 2. Michael Fielding, Why co-operative schools should oppose competition and what they might do instead

    Ch 3. Richard Pring, No school can go it alone: the necessity of partnership and co-operation

    Ch 4. Philip A. Woods, Co-operativism as an alternative: choice, assimilation and challenge

    Co-operative schools

    Ch 5. Gail Davidge, Keri Facer and John Schostak, Co-operatives, democracy and education: a critical reflection

    Ch 6. Sarah Jones, Contrived collegiality? Investigating the efficacy co-operative teacher development

    Ch 7. Ashley Simpson, Co-operative democracy in practice – a learner’s perspective

    Ch 8. Dave Brockington, The impact of co-operative skills and approaches on young people’s development and attainment: an ASDAN perspective

    Ch 9. Tom Woodin, Co-operative schools: putting values into practice

    Co-operative education in co-operatives and higher education

    Ch 10. Stephen Yeo, The co-operative university? Transforming higher education

    Ch 11. Diarmuid McDonnell & Elizabeth Macknight, Policy, principles and practice: co-operative studies in higher education

    Ch 12. Linda Shaw, A turning point? Mapping co-operative education in the UK

    Ch 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

    ConclusionAppendix, Statement of Co-operative Identity


    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