This study illuminates how the everyday activity of teachers raises profound economic, cultural, ethical, political and research issues, and provides a new and fruitful way of examining the practice of teaching. The first part of the book offers a detailed description of sensitively recorded school situations, arising from work carried out in a number of British primary schools. From the analysis of their research the authors constructed a theoretical perspective for looking at schooling in the form of sixteen ‘dilemmas’; the second half of the book is concerned with this perspective, and shows how the dilemmas constitute a language for looking at everyday schooling and relating it to more general political, social and cultural issues. The book thus spans the gap in educational thinking between work with a firm empirical base and specifically theoretical studies.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Controversies and Context. 1. Public Issues and Schooling Controversies. 2. Theoretical Context. 3. A Brief History and Overview of the Book. Notes to Part 1. Part 2: The Schools. 4. Port Primary. 5. Scenes From the Other Schools. Notes to Part 2. Part 3: Towards A Theory and Language of Schooling 6. Towards A Dialectical Account of Teacher Action. 7. The Dilemma Language. Notes to Part 3. Part 4: Interpretations of the Schools. 8. Patterns of Resolution. 9. Patterns of Resolution and Social Change: An Exploration. Notes to Part 4. Part 5: Engaging in Critical Inquiry. 10. Critical Inquiry: Teachers, Schooling Professionals and Citizens as Critical Inquirers. 11. Educational Researchers as Critical Inquirers. Notes to Part 5. Bibliography. Name and Subject Indices.