The Politics of Knowledge in Education

By Elizabeth Rata

© 2012 – Routledge

162 pages

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About the Book

This book explores the decline of the teaching of epistemic, conceptual knowledge in schools, its replacement with everyday social knowledge, and its relation to changes in the division of labor within the global economy. It argues that the emphasis on social knowledge in postmodern and social constructionist pedagogy compounds the problem, and examines the consequences of these changes for educational opportunity and democracy itself.

Table of Contents

1. The Politics of Knowledge 2. Localisation 3. Trust and the Modern Imaginary 4. Knowledge and Authority 5. Social Relations of Symbolic Production 6. Social Relations of Trust 7. Social Realism and the Sociology of Education 8. Knowledge and Culturalism 9. Localised Knowledge 10. Controlling Knowledge 11. What Should Be Taught at School

About the Author

Elizabeth Rata is Associate Professor in the School of Critical Studies in Education at the University of Auckland.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Education

This series aims to present the latest research from right across the field of education. It is not confined to any particular area or school of thought and seeks to provide coverage of a broad range of topics, theories and issues from around the world.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU003000
EDUCATION / Aims & Objectives
EDU040000
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects