1st Edition

Pedagogy, Praxis and Purpose in Education

ISBN 9781138286689
Published November 18, 2016 by Routledge
210 Pages

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Book Description

Recent years have shown the growth of federal legislation and programs having a profound impact on educational policy and practice, and a decline in reliance on broadly based educational justifications. Paralleling this development has been the emergence of well-endowed and influential private foundations, and an increase in corporate influence in shaping policy. In this volume the authors consider the discourse, rhetoric, and underlying values that sustain these developments alongside those that underlie more longstanding and competing educational theories and practices.

This volume highlights the importance of recognizing opposing conceptualizations of education—some more educationally productive than others— and their core values, approaches to student learning, strengths and weaknesses, and justification. The authors analyze and critique what Jane Roland Martin has referred to as ‘the deep structure of educational thought’, and seek improved educational policy and practice with particular reference to curriculum and pedagogy. It features a comparative analysis of competing discourses including autocratic control, limited personal development, and praxis.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements 1. Introduction Part I: Autocratic Control and Subjugation 2. Evolving Aspirations from Local Community to Global Village 3. Centralization and Control in Chester Finn and the Fordham Institute Part Two: Knowledge and Understanding 4. General Education As Education For Knowledge and Understanding 5. Literacy As Pathway to Education for Knowledge and Understanding Part Three: Praxis: Autonomy, Democracy, and Transformation 6. Toward a Pedagogy of Praxis: Progressive Education and Critical Pedagogy 7. Implementing a Pedagogy of Praxis: Beyond Knowledge and Understanding Part Four: The Vocation to Become More Fully Human 8. Pedagogy and Purpose

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C. M. Mulcahy is Associate Professor in Reading and Language Arts, Central Connecticut State University, USA. Alongside her book, Marginalized Literacies (2010), she has published in Irish Educational Studies, Language and Cultural Diversity in Education (2005), Critical Literacy as Resistance (2008), and Transforming Schools (2013).

D. E. Mulcahy is Assistant Professor and Director of Elementary Education, Department of Education, Wake Forest University, USA. His publications include Education in North America (co-editor, 2014), articles in Radical History Review (co-author) and The Educational Forum, and a chapter in The Praeger Handbook of Education and Psychology (2006).

D. G. Mulcahy is Connecticut State University Professor and Professor in the School of Educaton and Professional Studies, Central Connecticut State University, USA. His publications include Knowledge, Gender, and Schooling (2002), The Educated Person (2008), and Education in North America (co-editor, 2014).


"It is our avocation to become more self-actualized, reflective and human as persons in the world. The Mulcahy family has shown us a way this is possible for our schools, curriculum, teachers and students."Jim McKernan, East Carolina University, USA

"A book that focuses on pedagogy and the purposes of education in a way that explores important issues of privatization, literacy, liberal education, progressive and critical pedagogies, in historical and contemporary contexts. All this is brilliantly investigated as it pertains to discourses of control, knowledge and understanding, and praxis. A wise book, accessible, and very timely." - Ronnie Casella, Associate Dean and Professor, SUNY Cortland