Learning In and Out of School

The selected works of John MacBeath

By John MacBeath

© 2012 – Routledge

196 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In the World Library of Educationalists series, international experts themselves compile career-long collections of what they judge to be their finest pieces - extracts from books, key articles, salient research findings, major theoretical and practical contributions - so the world can read them in a single manageable volume.

John MacBeath has spent the last 30 years researching, thinking and writing about some of the key enduring issues in education. He has been involved in advising on policy both nationally and internationally, and has contributed books and articles across topics as diverse as the curriculum, the nature of schooling, homework, self evaluation, and leadership. In this book, John MacBeath brings together eight of his most influential writings including chapters from his best-selling books, articles from leading journals, and excerpts from his contributions to the press. Also included are examples of press responses to research reports and to controversial issues.

Starting with a specially written Introduction, which gives an overview of John's career and contextualises his selection, the chapters cover topics such as:

  • Developing Skills for life after school
  • The Talent Enigma
  • Schools on the Edge: responding to challenging circumstances
  • Leadership as a Subversive Activity
  • Do Schools have a Future?

Through this book, readers can follow the themes and strands that John MacBeath has researched and written about over the last three decades and see his important contribution to the field of education.

Table of Contents

Introduction A Life in education 1. Reflections Leading Lights 2. Developing Skills for Life after School 3. Schools on the Edge: responding to challenging circumstances 4. New Relationships for Old: inspection and self evaluation in England and Hong Kong 5. Revived by Post Mortems 6. Inspectors Worthy of Kafka 7. Should we Sugar Coat the Pill, Miss? 8. The Talent Enigma 9. School Leadership Crisis 10. 'Vacancy. Headteacher required 7/24/365…' 11. Leadership as a Subversive Activity 12. Shame Tactics Don’t Work 13. Stories of Compliance and Subversion in a Prescriptive Policy Environment 14. Magic Moments have Disappeared, Experts Believe 15. Mathematics for all: the way it spozed to be? 16. Chief Inspector Targets Professors 17. Do Schools have a Future? 18. Hell Bent on Reform, but who Cared about Teacher Morale? 19. Three Thinkpieces

About the Author

John MacBeath is Professor Emeritus at the University of Cambridge, UK.

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 / Leadership
EDUCATION / Educational Policy & Reform / General