1st Edition

Hope and Education The Role of the Utopian Imagination

By David Halpin Copyright 2003
    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    160 Pages
    by Routledge

    This book is a rallying cry to teachers at a time when many in the profession feel profoundly pessimistic about their work and the future of education. In this uplifting book, David Halpin suggests ways of putting the hope back into education, exploring the value of and need for utopian thinking in discussions of the purpose of education and school policy.
    David Halpin does not attempt to predict the future of schooling. Rather, he discusses the attitude educators should adopt about its reform and the prospect of educational change. He suggests that educators need to adopt a militant optimism of the will, applying aspects of the utopian imagination through which hopefulness can be brought to bear on educational situations.
    This important book will stimulate fresh thinking about school reform. It will be interesting reading for those studying for Masters and Doctoral degrees in education, and academics, researchers and policy makers working in the same field.

    1. Hope and its Significance for Education 2. Utopianism as a Vocabulary of Hope 3. Utopianism and Education: The Legacy of Thomas More 4. Utopian Realism and a Third Way for Education 5. Utopian Educational Management and Leadership 6. Deliberative Democracy and Utopian School Governance 7. A Utopian Cultural Core Curriculum 8. Putting Hope Back into Education


    Halpin, Professor David

    Times Educational Supplement Book of the Week, February 2003