The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction - Critical Introductions in Education (Paperback)
  • The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction - Critical Introductions in Education (Paperback)

The Politics of Education: A Critical Introduction - Critical Introductions in Education (Paperback)

Paperback 243 Pages / Published: 24/04/2014
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'The Politics of Education' provides an introduction to both the political dimensions of schooling and the politics of recent educational reform debates. The book offers both undergraduates and starting graduate students in education an understanding of numerous dimensions of the contested field of education, addressing questions of political economy and class, cultural politics, race, gender, globalisation, neoliberalism, and biopolitics. Discussions work through contemporary reform debates that include some of the most widely discussed reform topics such as school privatisation, standardised testing, common core curriculum, discipline, and technology. The book covers contemporary educational debates and seriously considers views across the political spectrum from the vantage point of critical education, emphasising schooling for broader social equality and justice.

Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
ISBN: 9781612054438
Number of pages: 243
Weight: 276 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 x 10 mm

"The book is a timely contribution. It offers clear introductions to a wide range of strands in critical theory useful for the study of the politics of education...It offers an excellent springboard to prepare students to think critically about their teaching practice and engagement in the politics of education."
-Teachers College Record

"Educating our citizens is a political act, and if teachers are not familiar with how political thought influences them and the system in which they work, they will be buffeted by forces they do not understand and cannot control. This informative book provides insights teachers need. A must-read for the concerned educator."
-David Berliner, Regents Professor Emeritus, Arizona State University

"Saltman's engaging text provides the reader with the critical tools to make sense of the current politics of education. Readers are introduced to compli- cated concepts in ways that show how they help us deconstruct the dominant discourses and practices. Furthermore, the writings of both well-known and unfortunately neglected theorists are put into context so that their usefulness becomes clear. Highly recommended for the beginning and advanced student of education policy!"
-David Hursh, University of Rochester

"Teachers need this book because Kenneth Saltman shatters the deep conviction that their work has nothing to do with politics. Each chapter opens up another part of the unacknowledged political imperatives that define the schoolroom- from critical pedagogy as a meaning-making practice to cultural imperialism to what corporate school reform is really about. I needed this book for my first fifteen years as a teacher."
-Susan Ohanian, teacher, educational activist, and author of Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Schools?

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