David F. Labaree has spent the last twenty years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in the history of education and education policy and politics. Here, he brings together twelve of his key writings in one place. Starting with a specially written introduction, 'Getting It Wrong', which gives an ironic overview of how the ideas in his work have evolved over time and throws light on the process of scholarly production, the chapters cover such topics as:
- the structure of the educational system
- conflicting purposes of education
- the core problems of practice in teaching and teacher education
- barriers to curriculum reform.
An ideal resource for anyone wanting to know more about the development of schools and schooling and David Labaree's contribution to these important fields.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Getting It Wrong 1. Academic Excellence in an Early U.S. High School (1984) 2. Curriculum, Credentials and the Middle Class: A Case Study of a Nineteenth Century High School (1986) 3. Power Knowledge and the Science of Teaching: A Genealogy of Teacher Professionalisation (1992) 4. Doing Good, Doing Science: The Holmes Group Reports and Rhetorics of Educational Reform (1992) 5. From Comprehensive High School to Community College: Politics, Markets and the Evolution of Educational Opportunity (1990) 6. Public Goods, Private Goods: The American Struggle over Educational Goals (1997) 7. The Chronic Failure of Curriculum Reform (1999) 8. Resisting Educational Standards (2000) 9. The Trouble with Ed Schools (1996) 10. On the Nature of Teaching and Teacher Education: Difficult Practices that Look Easy (2000) 11. Educational Researchers: Living with a Lesser Form of Knowledge (2003) 12. Progressivism, Schools and Schools of Education: An American Romance 13. No Exit: Public Education as an Inescapably Public Good (2000)