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D'Olimpio, Laura., Media and Moral Education: A philosophy of critical engagement, (Routledge : London)
In an age of mass art and social media, the ability to identify reliable sources of information and disregard unreliable ones has become a vital skill. Yet, the educational environment has not kept pace with rapid advances in technology, despite the fact that educating students to engage critically and compassionately with others via online media is of the utmost importance. Media and Moral Education: A philosophy of critical engagement addresses this oversight by demonstrating that the study of philosophy can be used to enhance critical thinking skills that are sorely needed in today’s technological age.
D’Olimpio claims that philosophical thinking skills support the adoption of an attitude she calls critical perspectivism. Critical perspectivism gives citizens the ability to engage with multiple perspectives in a critical and compassionate manner. Drawing upon the work of Martha Nussbaum, who defends the morally educative potential of narrative artworks to cultivate rational emotions such as care and compassion, D’Olimpio applies critical perspectivism to multimedia examples from Australia, the USA and the UK. She further claims that the Community of Inquiry, a pedagogy practised by advocates of Philosophy for Children, creates a space in which participants can practise being critically perspectival. The Community of Inquiry can be conducted with all age levels in a classroom or public setting, making it beneficial for adults, as well as students and children, in shaping democratic and discerning citizens.
This book will be of interest to academics, researchers and postgraduate students in the areas of philosophy of education, philosophy, education, critical theory and communication, film and media studies.
Benade, Leon, Being a teacher in the 21st century: A critical New Zealand research study, (Springer : Singapore)
This book provides scholars, teacher educators, as well as reflective school leaders and teachers with valuable insights into what it is to be a teacher in the 21st century. It does so by presenting original research based on a study of several New Zealand schools between 2013 and 2015, and in particular, a focussed study of four of those schools in 2015.
The book draws on the findings to take stock of some of the central manifestations of 21st-century learning, especially digital pedagogies and the collaborative practices associated with teaching and learning in modern learning environments. It reflects on the mental shifts and sometimes-painful transitions teachers and leaders are making and experiencing as they enter uncharted waters, moving from traditional classroom practices to ones that emphasise collaboration, teamwork and the radical de-centring of their personal roles. It outlines a blueprint for understanding how to navigate these changes, and describes and explains the nature of pedagogical shifts apparent in digital classrooms and modern learning environments.
Benade, Leon; Jackson, Mark, Transforming education: Design and governance in global contexts, (Springer : Singapore)
This book is an edited collection grouped into three key thematic areas. Its authors are researchers and theoretical scholars in the fields of education curriculum, education technology, education philosophy, and design for education. They present primary research and theoretical considerations, descriptive accounts and philosophical reflections to provide readers with a broad sweep of the ‘state of play’ in thinking about the place and space of learning.
Transforming Education distils, from a panoply of critical arenas, an understanding of the forces currently at play in redefining curriculum agendas for education – from primary to post-secondary. It analyses the major ways in which the built environment of education is transforming, in response to various globalised policy drivers and new education delivery technologies. Its authors critique the ways education performs a governance function over the users and occupants of space, be it physical or virtual.
For readers who may be seriously engaging with the concept of spatiality in relation to education for the first time, this book provides the opportunity to develop a clear understanding of a wide scope of theory, practice and critique in relation to learning environments.
Teschers, Christoph, Education and Schmid's Art of Living, (Routledge : London)
Instead of simply following the current neoliberal mantra of proclaiming economic growth as the single most important factor for maintaining well-being, Education and Schmid’s Art of Living revisits the idea of an education focused on personal development and the well-being of human beings. Drawing on philosophical ideas concerning the good life and recent research in positive psychology, Teschers argues in favour of shifting the focus in education and schooling towards a beautiful life and an art of living for today's students.
Containing a thorough discussion of the ideas of contemporary German philosopher Wilhelm Schmid, this book considers the possible implications of developing a more humanistic and life-centred approach to educational policy, research and practice, showing that Schmid’s concept of Lebenskunst provides a firm philosophical basis for this endeavour. Among others, this book draws on analytical and continental traditions to challenge current views and assumptions in regard to education and the role of schooling for contemporary societies. As a result, Teschers’ work is sure to spark a debate about the direction of educational policy and practice in the 21st century.
Education and Schmid’s Art of Living is essential reading for academics and students with an interest in education. Given the importance of such topics as the relationship between education and society, teacher education and how best to structure schools and learning environments, Teschers’ work will appeal to academics and students in a diverse range of fields, including education, philosophy, sociology and psychology.
Lam, Chi-Ming & Park, Jae, Sociological and Philosophical Perspectives on Education in the Asia-Pacific Region, (Springer : Singapore)
This book demonstrates the value of approaching education from a sociological and philosophical perspective. Specifically, it addresses current and long-standing educational issues in the Asia-Pacific region, integrating sociological and philosophical insights with practical applications in four key areas: educational aims, moral education, educational policy, and the East-West dichotomy. It discusses educational aims in terms of rationality, philosophical thinking, and sustainable development and presents the literary, religious, and analytical approaches to moral education. Four educational policies are then considered: Hong Kong’s language policy, Hong Kong’s policy on the internationalization of education, East Asia’s policies on English education, and Australia’s policy on teacher education. Different aspects of the East-West dichotomy are analysed: Confucian rationalism versus Western rationalism, Confucian learning culture versus Western learning culture, and Asian research methodology versus Western research methodology. Taken as a whole, the book shows that issues in education are rarely simple, and looking at them from multiple perspectives allows for rich and informed debates. It presents a rare philosophical and sociological analysis of the cultures and experiences of education in the Asia-Pacific region, and promotes research that leads to more culturally rooted educational policies and practice.
White, E. Jayne, Introducing dialogic pedagogy: Provocations for the early years, (Routledge)
Translating the growing body of dialogic scholarship into a practical application of teaching and learning with very young children, this book provides readers with significant provocations concerning ethical self-other relations, creativity and agency. Investigating dialogic philosophy through the writings of Mikhail Bakhtin and associates, applications to early childhood education are presented, with an emphasis on notions of justice, democracy, ethics and answerability. This book provides unique insights into the amazing world of the youngest child, offering enriched understandings of the profound impact of adults in their journey of becoming.
"The book attempts to capture much of Bakhtin’s work and present it coherently, accurately and in less than two hundred pages for people who will likely not read much of the original text. The book attempts to do all this while introducing Bakhtinian concepts to early childhood education, thus challenging the field. White leaves her reader with a concise summary of “dialogic pedagogy in the early years” which includes the following points: “Dialogue is learning”; “Teaching is a dialogic imperative”; “Teachers are the curriculum”; “Pedagogy is an appreciative process”; “Pedagogy is interactive, responsive and oriented toward other”; “Children are the author of their own learning”; “Meaning is never fixed”; “Learning is a transgradient process”; “Ideology underpins practice”; “Pedagogy can now speak boldly of Love!” (pp. 169-170). But this book does even more!" Beth Fernholt, Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA.
"White puts out the call to teachers to invest themselves in the art of teaching through dialogic pedagogy. She presents a thesis which is a reclamation of a space for the teacher and for respectful teaching which has been largely lost in the turning away from ‘directive teaching’ to non-directive modes that focus on learning and the learner" John Roder & Slavika Jovanovac, University of Auckland, NZ
Peters, Michael A., & Besley, Tina (A.C.), Paulo Freire: The Global Legacy, (Peter Lang : New York)
This collection is the first book devoted to Paulo Freire’s ongoing global legacy to provide an analysis of the continuing relevance and
significance of Freire’s work and the impact of his global legacy. The book contains essays by some of the world’s foremost Freire scholars
– McLaren, Darder, Roberts, and others – as well as chapters by scholars and activists, including the Maori scholars Graham Hingangaroa
Smith and Russell Bishop, who detail their work with the indigenous people of Aotearoa-New Zealand. The book contains a foreword by Nita
Freire as well as chapters from scholars around the world including Latin America, Asia, the United States, United Kingdom, New Zealand, and
Australia. With a challenging introduction from the editors, Michael A. Peters and Tina Besley, this much-awaited addition to the Freire archive is
highly recommended reading for all students and scholars interested in Freire, global emancipatory politics, and the question of social justice in
Peters, Michael A., Paraskeva, João M., & Besley, Tina (A.C.), The Global Financial Crisis & Educational Restructuring, (Peter Lang : New York)
The worldwide integration and globalization of finance, an aspect of «financialization», coincided with the rise of market-oriented neoliberalism promoting free trade and privatization strategies. New Internet-based technologies have reinforced financial market integration, creating a fragile, globally integrated financial ecosystem that poses new systemic risks and contagion effects characterized by excessive borrowing and ballooning debt, massive asset bubbles, a huge shadow banking system, and financial innovation leading to collateralized debt obligation and securitization. Public education has been at the core of neoliberal privatization strategies and financialization with the trillion-dollar blowout of student loans. Education, once considered a national and global public good tied to the creation of knowledge and the basis of a just and democratic society, has undergone a profound transformation and financial restructuring. This collection of essays by a range of international experts addresses the root causes of this massive change, analyzing the growth of finance capitalism and financialization, as well as the financialization of education and its consequences. The book is a valuable resource for classes in educational reform, education policy, higher education, and educational finance.
Quay, John, Understanding life in school: From academic classroom to outdoor education, (Palgrave Macmillan : London)
We've all been to school, so what could be simpler than understanding life in school? The problem is that we take school for granted, accepting it for what it is without asking too many questions. This leaves us tinkering around the edges when it comes to school reform. A deeper understanding of life in school is required, which this book seeks to offer by going to the source of the matter itself – the young people who are in the midst of the day-to-day routines of school life. Much is revealed by contrasting their experiences in academic classrooms and school camp, insights that remain invisible without this juxtaposition. Key to analysis of these experiences is an understanding of life as occupational, constituted through many and various ways of being. This highlights the importance to teaching and learning of addressing the issue of who we are, not just what we know.
"This book is a "must read" for educators. It is so because it is animated by a principle which claims that it is more important to help students become well-rounded beings than to transmit to them tidbits of knowledge. Study its manifestation with care, then act upon it."
Philip W. Jackson - David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus in the Departments of Education and Psychology at the University of Chicago, USA
"This book is a worthy companion to Philip W. Jackson's Life in Classrooms. It addresses the complexities of life in schools, providing a rich account of how students interpret and negotiate these complexities. In an analysis that is both philosophically astute and highly accessible, John Quay shows how education for these students is about much more than knowing – it is about being and becoming."
Fazal Rizvi - Professor in Global Studies in Education at the University of Melbourne, Australia and Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA
In an increasingly monologic world of war, exploitation and fear of “the other”, dialogue within and between humans, and with the world around us, is critical to a humane future.
This book explores dialogue and learning in theory, practice and praxis across a spectrum of lifelong education contexts. It develops a philosophical basis by examining the lives, works and dialogic traditions of four key thinkers: Socrates, Martin Buber, Mikhail Bakhtin and Paulo Freire. It then examines dialogue and learning in contexts ranging from early childhood development to adult, community and higher education. In doing so, it develops and illustrates the innovative concepts of dialogic space, boundary learning and diacognition. It has a specific focus on learners and learning in contexts of oppression and marginality, and with a view to personal and social emancipation. It is located in an African context, specifically South Africa, although its resonance is both local and global.
The book marks an innovative contribution to our understanding of dialogue and learning, framed by the great dialogic traditions of the past, and is a dialogical provocation to the ongoing generation of praxis.
“This book is valuable for grounding lifelong learning experiences within an African context. It underlines the complexities involved in carrying out ‘authentic’ dialogue at different stages of education in Africa throughout the lifespan, exploring cases of border crossing and boundary maintenance.” – Peter Mayo, University of Malta and Series Editor of the International Issues in Adult Education Series
Dr Si Belkacem TAIEB, Decolonizing Indigenous Education: An Amazigh-Berber Ethnographic journey, (Palgrave MacMillan : New York)
In this work exploring the Kabyle people of Algeria and their educational journeys, Si Belkacem Taieb explores an epistemological and ontological framework for Kabyle education. He does so by undertaking a narrative inquiry: an auto-ethnographic journey, in which the journey of one's self and the journey of one's people are inextricably intertwined.In a postcolonial cultural journey in an indigenous, North African Kabyle landscape and the development of an Amazigh educational philosophy, Taieb writes the sociological foundations of an Amazigh educational system: one that removes Amazigh education from its colonial heritage and restores it to the people who create and use it.
Jackson, Liz, Muslims and Islam in U.S. Education: Reconsidering Multiculturalism, (Routledge)
Muslims and Islam in U.S. Education explores the complex interface that exists between the U.S. school curriculum, teaching practice about religion in public schools, societal and teacher attitudes toward Islam and Muslims, and multiculturalism as a framework for meeting the needs of minority group students. It presents multiculturalism as a concept that needs to be rethought and reformulated in the interest of creating a more democratic, inclusive, and informed society.
Islam is an under-considered religion in American education, due in part to the fact that Muslims represent a very small minority of the population today (less than 1%). However, this group faces a crucial challenge of representation in United States society as a whole, as well as in its schools. Muslims in the United States are impacted by ignorance that news and opinion polls have demonstrated is widespread among the public in the last few decades. U.S. citizens who do not have a balanced, fair and accurate view of Islam can make a variety of decisions in the voting booth, in job hiring, and within their small-scale but important personal networks and spheres of influence, that make a very negative impact on Muslims in the United States.
This book presents new information that has implications for curricula, religious education, and multicultural education today, examining the unique case of Islam in U.S. education over the last 20 years.
This book is an essential resource for professors, researchers, and teachers of social studies, particularly those involved with multicultural issues, critical and sociocultural analysis of education and schools; as well as interdisciplinary scholars and students in anthropology and education.
Preface provided by Nicholas C. Burbules, University of Illinios, Urbana-Champaign.