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Democracy, Education and Research The Struggle for Public Life

By John Schostak, Ivor F. Goodson Copyright 2020
    226 Pages
    by Routledge

    226 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Considering how practices and processes of research and education can create fundamental, radical social change, Democracy, Education and Research assesses the meaning of ‘public impact‘ by rethinking what is meant by ‘public‘ and how it is essential to the methodologies of education and research.

    Focusing on empirical illustrations of the use of research and educational processes in contemporary and emergent forms of social organisation, this book:

    • Covers the traditional forms to be found in education, health systems, community, business and public institutions, as well as emergent forms arising from innnovation in technologies.
    • Explores the forms of learning and knowledge creation that take place across the everyday interactions in places of learning, communities or workplaces
    • Discusses how learning and knowledge can be intentionally shaped by individuals and groups to effect social and political change
    • Considers the research strategies required to forge new practices, new ways of working and living for a more socially just world

    Including practical examples of research that has created real change, Democracy, Education and Research will be a vital resource to professional researchers in their roles as teachers, educators and activists as well as students of education, sociology, politics, cultural studies.

    Introduction; Chapter One: What’s wrong with democracy at the moment and why it matters for research and education; Part One: What Went Wrong?; Chapter Two: The Challenge for Researchers and Educators; Chapter Three: What is wrong with contemporary practices of social/collective learning?; Chapter Four: The Organisation and Dis-organisation of Power; Chapter Five: Engaging with power through radical research methodologies; Chapter Six: Radical Educational Strategies; End of Part One: Reflections on the Research and Educational Implications of Chapters 1-6; Reflections: Realising the Challenges to Become a Public; Chapter Seven: What might turn social learning into social movements?; Chapter Eight: What is happening today in terms of social learning becoming social movements?; Chapter Nine: How do you get from social movements to public space?; Chapter Ten: Towards the creation of public spaces (All); Chapter Eleven: New Rules for Research, Social Learning and Creating a Socially Just World; End of Part Two: Discussion on the implications for research education; Discussion: The Critical role of publics in realising futures for a better present; Chapter Twelve: Making it Happen; Conclusion: No End; References; Index


      John Schostak is Emeritus Professor at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metrolpolitan University, UK.

      Ivor Goodson is a Professor of Learning Theory in the Education Research Centre, Brighton University, UK, an International Research Professor at the University of Tallinn, Estonia and a Senior Fellow at the Guerrand Hermes Foundation.