The Sociology of Educational Innovation: Contemporary Sociology of the School, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

The Sociology of Educational Innovation

Contemporary Sociology of the School, 1st Edition

By Tom Whiteside


124 pages

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Paperback: 9781138628960
pub: 2018-09-19
Hardback: 9781138628946
pub: 2017-04-28
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Innovation is a striking and polemical feature of contemporary schooling. The 1960s saw an upsurge of interest in progressive educational theories and debate and the benefits and disadvantages of their practical application, which continued after. But what was the reality behind the words? How far had teachers actually supported or adopted innovative approaches and what were the consequences for teachers, students and parents?

First published in 1978, this book discusses both the literature and some of the practical attempts to implement changes in education at primary and secondary level, in Britain and the USA. It is a well-argued contribution to the debate on the nature and significance of educational innovation.

Table of Contents

Editor’s introduction; 1. Innovation – the name of the game 2. The counter-attack on innovation 3. The extent and the nature of the change 4. The prospect of planned social change 5. Case studies of change 6. Innovation and the community 7. Students and innovation 8. Conclusion; References and name index; Subject index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Sociology of Education

This set of 62 volumes, originally published between 1959 and 2005, amalgamates a wide breadth on the sociology of education, with a particular focus on culture, class and curriculum theory. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject how it has evolved over time, and will be of particular interest to students of sociology, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects