Knowledge and Power in the Global Economy

Politics and the Rhetoric of School Reform

Edited by David A. Gabbard

© 1999 – Routledge

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About the Book

Advancing a three-fold political agenda, this volume:

* illuminates how the meanings assigned to a whole vocabulary of words and phrases frequently used to discuss the role and reform of U.S. public schools reflect an essentially economic view of the world;

* contends that education or educational reform conducted under an economized worldview will only intensify the effects of the colonial relations of political and economic domination that it breeds at home and abroad; and

* offers a set of alternative concepts and meanings for reformulating the role of U.S. public schools and for considering the implications of such a reformulation more generally for the underlying premises of all human relationships and activities.

Toward these ends, the authors, in Part I, critically examine many of the most commonly used terms within the rhetoric of educational reform since the early 1980s and before.

Part II links today's economized worldview to curricular and instructional issues. These essays are especially important for comprehending how the organization of school curriculum privileges those disciplines deemed most central to market expansion--math and science--and how the political centrality of the economic sphere influences the nature of the knowledge presented in specific content areas.

Given that language constrains as well as advances human thought, the twin tasks of de-economizing education and decolonizing society will require a vocabulary that transcends the familiar terminologies addressed in Parts I and II. The entries in Part III cultivate the beginnings of such a vocabulary as the authors elucidate innovative concepts which they view as central to the creation of truly alternative educational visions and practices.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface. D.A. Gabbard, Introduction. Part I: Terms of Debate. N. Chomsky, Global Economy. K.A. Barnhardt, Crisis. J. Spring, Choice. T.S. Popkewitz, Reform. W. Pillow, Leadership. D.A. Gabbard, Accountability. F.M. Briscoe, Discipline. W.E. Doll, Jr., Classroom Management. E.B. Hilty, Learning. C. Lankshear, Literacy. M.A. Weinstein, Ideology. H.S. Shapiro, Empowerment. L. Ware, Inclusive Education. M. Sapon-Shevin, Gifted Education. M.J. Berlowitz, I. Watts, Desegregation. J.E. King, Race. S. Tozer, Class. K.B. deMarrais, Gender. Part II: Terms of Power/Knowledge. B. Davis, D.J. Sumara, Curriculum. L. Villaverde, Arts Education. A.A. Block, Language Arts Education. R.E. Bahruth, Bilingual Education. D. Macedo, Cultural Literacy. E.R. Hollins, Multicultural Education. C. Bartolovich, Cultural Studies. E.W. Ross, Social Studies Education. D.E. Purpel, Moral Education. G. Perreault, Service Learning. C.A. Bowers, Environmental Education. R. Good, M.S. Prakash, Global Education. H. Parke, C.R. Coble, Science Education. M. McBride, K.R. Wayne, Math Education. C.A. Bowers, Educational Computing. E.F. Provenzo, Jr., Educational Technology. M.D. Beatham, Technological Literacy. D. Kmitta, Media Literacy. J.L. Kincheloe, Vocational Education. V.W. Mott, Adult and Continuing Education. Part III: Terms of Resistance. P. McLaren, Critical Pedagogy. B.P. Gallegos, Postcolonialism. G.L. Billings, Critical Race Theory. J.F. Brady, Critical Feminist Pedagogy. R. Good, M.S. Prakash, Biocentric Education. D. Kirshner, J.A. Whitson, Situated Cognition. L.A. Sassone, Individualization. N.C. Burbules, Dialogue. J. Williams, Public Franchise.

About the Series

Sociocultural, Political, and Historical Studies in Education

This series focuses on studies of public and private institutions, the media, and academic disciplines that contribute to educating--in the broadest sense--students and the general public. The series welcomes volumes with multicultural perspectives, diverse interpretations, and a range of political points of view from conservative to critical. Books accepted for publication in this series will be written for an academic audience and, in some cases, also for use as supplementary readings in graduate and undergraduate courses.

Topics to be addressed in this series include, but are not limited to, sociocultural, political, and historical studies of

Local, state, national, and international educational systems

Elementary and secondary schools, colleges and universities

Public institutions of education such as museums, libraries, and foundations

Computer systems and software as instruments of public education

The popular media as forms of public education

Content areas within the academic study of education, such as curriculum and instruction, psychology, and educational technology

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Subject Categories

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