Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories (Paperback)
  • Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories (Paperback)

Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories (Paperback)

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Some of the most important developments in educational thought have been put forward by theorists who have challenged existing notions about the aims of education and its role in society. But how do these ideas relate to today's classrooms and how can you use them to improve your own teaching practice?

This textbook gives you a clear overview of fifteen thinkers who have offered challenging perspectives on education, including influential sociological thinkers (Bourdieu, Foucault, Mezirow, Bernstein), those who have questioned the orthodoxy on schooling (Holt, Darling-Hammond) and other key names whose writing has helped shaped our views on teaching and learning.

Each chapter includes:

* practical examples showing how theories can be used to inform classroom teaching

* critiques of each theorist exploring opposing viewpoints and the strengths and weaknesses of different ideas

* reflective tasks inviting you to apply what you've read to your own educational experiences.

This is essential reading for anyone on university and school-based initial teacher education courses training to teach in different educational settings, including early years and adult education, or studying education at undergraduate and postgraduate level.

Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd
ISBN: 9781473955806
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 450 g
Dimensions: 232 x 186 mm


This book includes learning theories which educators can use and apply directly to practice and would be useful for early career researchers who may appreciate an overview of educational theory. The personal background perspective included with each chapter makes the book an accessible read as a story is weaved through an understanding of the context of the times and personal circumstances of each theorist. The structure of each chapter including: proposed learning outcomes, summaries and further reading, facilitates learning and encourages a critical understanding of each theory.

-- Lynn Boyle

An excellent companion to Aubrey and Riley's `Understanding and Using Educational Theories', this book presents the ideas of more peripheral and contemporary theorists, serving to extend and enrich readers' knowledge of key thinkers on education and learning.

The key concepts of each theorist are clearly presented and contextually cushioned, enabling readers to form a web of understanding in how they link to, and have been influenced by, others in the field, whilst at the same time recognising how they may be viewed as `challengers' to more traditional ideas on education.

Application to policy and practice helps to illuminate key ideas visibly in educational settings in an easily accessible format. I will, most certainly, be adopting this as one of our key texts.

-- Jane Cawdell

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