Learning, Curriculum and Life Politics

The Selected Works of Ivor F. Goodson

By Ivor F. Goodson

© 2005 – Routledge

272 pages

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About the Book

As schooling has become more commodity-based, the place and position of learning and curriculum has been transformed and new perspectives are needed to understand these rapidly changing times. By studying life histories and life politics we can gain insights into the relationship between peoples' private missions and meanings and their public tasks and targets.

For the last thirty years, Ivor Goodson has been researching, thinking and writing about some of the central and enduring issues in education, contributing over forty books and six hundred articles to the field.

This single volume brings together twenty of his key pieces for the first time. Ivor Goodson opens with an autobiographical introduction to a range of curriculum studies which pioneered a new way of studying schooling and he contextualises his selection within the development of the field. Chapters in this prestigious book cover:

  • curriculum history and policy
  • classroom pedagogy and strategies for professional development
  • life history, narrative and educational change.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Learning, Curriculum and Life Politics 2. Learning and Curriculum 3. Learning and the Pedagogic Moment: Extract from The Pedagogic Moment 4. Coming to Curriculum: Extract from Reconstructing Aspects of a Teachers Life 5. Towards an Alternative Pedagogy 6. Chariots of Fire 7. Becoming an Academic Subject 8. On Curriculum Form 9. The Making of Curriculum 10. Nations at Risk and National Curriculum 11. Long Waves of Educational Reform 12. Methods 13. Towards a Social Constructionist Perspective 14. History, Context and Qualitative Methods 15. The Story of Life History 16. Life Politics 17. Preparing for Postmodernity: Storying the Self 18. The Story So Far 19. Action Research and the Reflexive Project of Selves 20. Scrutinising Life Stories 21. Representing Teachers: Bringing teachers Back in 22. Sponsoring the Teachers Voice 23. The Personality of Educational Change

About the Series

World Library of Educationalists

The World Library of Educationalists celebrates the important contributions to education made by leading experts in their individual fields of study. Each scholar has compiled a career-long collection of what they consider to be their finest pieces: extracts from books, journals, articles, major theoretical and practical contributions, and salient research findings.

For the first time ever the work of each contributor is presented in a single volume so readers can follow the themes and progress of their work and identify the contributions made to, and the development of, the fields themselves.

The distinguished careers of the selected experts span at least two decades and include Richard Aldrich, Stephen J. Ball, Elliot W. Eisner, John Elliott, Howard Gardner, John Gilbert, Ivor F. Goodson, David Hargreaves, David Labaree and E.C. Wragg.

Each book in the series features a specially written introduction by the contributor giving an overview of their career, contextualizing their selection within the development of the field, and showing how their own thinking developed over time.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Curricula
EDUCATION / Professional Development