Knowledge, Values and Educational Policy

A Critical Perspective

Edited by Harry Daniels, Hugh Lauder, Jill Porter

© 2009 – Routledge

310 pages | 36 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Knowledge, Values and Educational Policy focuses on what schools are for and what should be taught in them, how learning is possible across boundaries, and issues of diversity and equity. Policies and practices relating to schools are also considered.

Within this volume, internationally renowned contributors address a number of fundamental questions designed to take the reader to the heart of current debates around curriculum, knowledge transfer, equity and social justice, and system reform, such as:

  • What are schools and what are they for?
  • What knowledge should schools teach?
  • How are learners different from each other and how are groups of learners different from one another, in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity, and disability?
  • What influence does educational policy have on improving schools?
  • What influence does research have on our understanding of education and schooling?

To encourage reflection, many of the chapters also include questions for debate and a guide to further reading.

Read alongside its companion volume, Educational Theories, Cultures and Learning, readers will be encouraged to consider and think about on some of the key issues facing education and educationists today.

Table of Contents

Introduction

HARRY DANIELS, HUGH LAUDER AND JILL PORTER

Section 1 Knowledge for teaching and learning

Introduction to section 1

HUGH LAUDER

1.1 What are schools for?

MICHAEL YOUNG

1.2 The school curriculum, theories of reproduction and necessary knowledge

ROY NASH

1.3 The influence of constructivism on teaching and learning in classrooms

ANNEMARIE PALINCSAR AND SARAH SCOTT

1.4 The double move in teaching – Developmental learning

MARIANE HEDEGAARD

Section 2 Learning across boundaries

Introduction to section 2

HARRY DANIELS

2.1 Transfer of Knowledge between Education and Workplace Settings

MICHAEL ERAUT

2.2 Learning in and for Multiagency Working

PAUL WARMINGTON

2.3 Expansive learning in and for work

HANNA TOIVIANEN AND YRJÖ ENGESTRÖM

Section 3 Diversity and equity

Introduction to section 3

JILL PORTER

3.1 Cultural ways of learning

KRIS GUTIERREZ AND BARBARA ROGOFF

3.2 Equity and Social Justice Discourses in Education

NAZ RASSOOL

3.3 Gender theory and research in education

JO-ANNE DILLABOUGH

3.4 Symptoms, categories, and the process of invoking labels

ROGER SÄLJÖ AND EVA HORNE

3.5 Inclusive pedagogy

LANI FLORIAN AND RUTH KERSHNER

3.6 Disability: a complex interaction

TOM SHAKESPEARE

Section 4 Policy and governance

Introduction to section 4

HUGH LAUDER

4.1 Realising the Potential of System Reform

DAVID HOPKINS

4.2 Using Assessment in Education Reform: Policy, Practice and Future Possibilities

HARRY TORRANCE

4.3 Why do some policies not work in schools?

VIVIANNE ROBINSON

4.4 School as Imagined Community in Discursive Space: a perspective on the school effectiveness debate

ANDREW STABLES

Section 5 Deploying theory

Introduction to section 5

HARRY DANIELS

5.1 How do secondary school subject departments contribute to the learning of beginning teachers?

ALASTER DOUGLAS

5.2 Developing pedagogy for doctors-as-teachers: the role of Activity Theory

CLARE MORRIS

5.3 Teacher/researcher: an unsustainable identity

SARAH O’FLYNN

5.4 Using theory in social research: reflections on a doctoral study

MARIA BALARIN

About the Editors

Harry Daniels is Professor of Education: Culture and Pedagogy, Head of the Learning as Cultural and Social Practice Research Programme, and Director of the Centre for Sociocultural and Activity Theory Research at the University of Bath, UK.

Hugh Lauder is Professor of Education and Political Economy, and Head of the Policy and Management Research Group, at the University of Bath, UK.

Jill Porter is Senior Lecturer in Research Methods and Special Education at the University of Bath, UK.

About the Series

Critical Perspectives on Education

Education poses some of the most challenging questions of any profession. Whether as teachers, policy makers or researchers, the complexity of the practices and policies that we encounter demand careful reflection. The Critical Perspectives on Education Series includes volumes designed to provoke the kind of thinking that will lead readers to re-evaluate their practices and consider how best they can be justified and improved.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
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EDUCATION / General