This book introduces the student to the various phenomenological and humanistic Marxist perspectives as they are being applied to education and provides an account of the strengths and weaknesses of these perspectives, drawing on a variety of disciplines in order to explain the controversies described. The opening chapters deal with the phenomenological perspective in the sociology of education, discussing its adoption of a phenomenological model of man, its use of anthropological studies, the importance of classroom studies, and its rejection of the ‘liberal’ philosophy of education. The aim is to show the significance of these ideas for education, with a discussion of the concept of alienation and schooling, developments in Marxism such as the focus on the mode of production and the labour process, and the political economy of education.
Table of Contents
Acknowledgements. Introduction. Part 1: Some Features of the New Sociology of Education. 1. The Injunctions of the New Approach. 2. The Use of Anthropological Studies. 3. The Adoption of a Phenomenological Model of Man. 4. The Rejection of the Liberal Philosophy of Education. 5. The Importance of Classroom Studies. 6. Some Problems in Phenomenological Sociology. 7. Towards a Radical Reappraisal. Part 2: Marxism and Education. 8. An Introduction to Marxism. 9. Alienation and Schooling. 10. Current Developments: The Primacy of the Mode of Production. 11. The Political Economy of Education: Schooling in a Capitalist Society. 12.Summary and Conclusions. Notes. Index.