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The Politics of Education
Challenging Multiculturalism

ISBN 9780415885140
Published September 19, 2011 by Routledge
214 Pages 1 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Education is a thoroughly political enterprise. The process of determining the purpose of education has always been highly controversial. It has resulted in disputes that have not only divided people philosophically, but also on the basis of religion, region, class, race, and ethnicity. As a result, education provides us with a spectacular arena in which to explore the tensions inherent in European and North American societies, as well as an understanding of how current politics shape education policy.

This book focuses on the politics of education, relating to the formation of national identities as affected by globalization and multiculturalism. It assesses the ways in which governance institutions, political ideologies and competing interests, both within and outside of the education community, influence the content, form, and functioning of education. As a collection of studies of the political aspects of education and educational policy-making, this book reaffirms that educational phenomena reflect and inevitably serve specific political agendas. Political scientists, sociologists and education scholars will find this to be an important and valuable text.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction  Christos Kassimeris and Marios Vryonides 

2. Politics and Education  Christos Kassimeris and Marios Vryonides  3

. The Politics of Education: Challenging Racial Discrimination and Disadvantage in Education in the British Context  Gill Crozier 

4. Combating Ethnic Educational Disadvantage in the Netherlands: An Analysis of Policies and Effects  Geert Driessen 

5. The Expanded Federal Role in U.S. Public Schools: The Structural Forces of Globalization, Immigration and Demographic Change  A. Gary Dworkin and Pamela F. Tobe 

6. Building the Nation at School: Spain’s Tables Turned  Mariano Fernández Enguita 

7. The Politics of Education in Post-War Germany: From Europeanized Nationhood to Multicultural Citizenship?  Daniel Faas 

8. Multicultural Education in Canada  Neil Guppy and Katherine Lyon 

9. Educational Politics and Cultural Diversity in Greece  Gitsa Kontogiannopoulou-Polydorides 

10. An Ecological Approach to Understanding the Development of Racism in Schools: A Case-study of a Belgian Secondary School  Peter Stevens 

11. Conclusion  Christos Kassimeris and Marios Vryonides

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Marios Vryonides is Assistant Professor at the European University Cyprus.

Christos Kassimeris is Chairman of the Department of Social and Behavioural Sciences at the European University Cyprus.