Schooling, Society and Curriculum offers a much needed reassessment and realignment of curriculum studies in the UK and international contexts. Comprising a collection of eleven original chapters by prominent, nationally and internationally known experts in the field of curriculum studies, the book leads and fosters critical, generic debates about formal education and its relationships to wider society.
Focusing on key debates that have been present for as long as formal state education has been in existence, the contributors contextualise them within a future-orientated perspective that takes particular account of issues specific to life in the early years of the twenty-first century. These include globalisation and nationalism; poverty and wealth; what it means to be a good citizen; cultural pluralism and intolerance; and - centrally - what it is that young people need from a school curriculum in order to develop as happy, socially just adults in an uncertain and rapidly-changing world. The book is organized into four sections:
Part 1: Issues and Contexts 1. Education, Knowledge and the Role of the State - the Nationalisation of Educational Knowledge? 2. Six Curriculum Discourses: Contestation and Edification 3. The Puritan Origins of the 1988 School Curriculum in England 4. The Instrumentalisation of the Expressive in Education Part 2: Values and Learners 5. Gender, Power and Curriculum: an Inevitable Interconnection 6. Curriculum as Culture: Entitlement, Bias and the Bourdieusean Arbitrary 7. New Directions in Citizenship Education: Re-Conceptualising the Curriculum in the Context of Globalization Part 3: School Curricula in the Digital Age 8. New Ways of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Implications for Curriculum Studies 9. ICT and the Curriculum Canon: Responding to and Exploring ‘Alternative Knowledge’ Part 4: Foundations and Futures: Exploring the Possible 10. Understanding Curriculum as Utopian Text 11. Learning and Curriculum: Agency, Ethics and Aesthetics in an Era of Instability
Foundations and Futures of Education focuses on key emerging issues in education as well as continuing debates within the field. The series is inter-disciplinary, and includes historical, philosophical, sociological, psychological and comparative perspectives on the purposes and nature of education; increasing interdisciplinarity within the field; and the theory-practice divide.
Peter Aggleton, UNSW Australia
Sally Power, Cardiff University, UK
Michael Reiss, UCL Institute of Education, UK