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Schooling and Society
Myths of Mass Education

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  • Author: Gordon Tait, Queensland University of Technology
  • Date Published: April 2017
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781316610541

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  • This new book is a wide-ranging, contemporary and accessible analysis of familiar and recurring myths about mass education in the United Kingdom. Looking at a variety of important issues and problems, each chapter begins by dispelling myths and assumptions about the classroom, going beyond class, race and gender, to offer analysis of topics such as discipline, youth cultures, information technology and globalisation. Utilising an interdisciplinary lens, this book offers knowledge from disciplines as diverse as sociology, philosophy, jurisprudence and cultural studies. Gordon Tait examines the strengths and weaknesses of different theoretical approaches to education, from critical theory to postmodernism, and Foucaultian governance to post-colonialism. Analysing the many assumptions about education taken for granted in British public discourse, important conclusions are drawn about which of these assumptions are fair and reasonable, and which we should challenge. This book is an essential resource for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate courses on the sociology of education, culture and education, and the philosophy of education.

    • An up-to-date analysis featuring contemporary educational theory tailored to UK mass education
    • An approachable analysis of traditional issues associated with education, using accessible language and clearly explained concepts
    • Includes insights from various disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, cultural studies and jurisprudence, providing readers with wide-ranging theoretical and practical knowledge
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    'Professor Tait sets an ambitious agenda for Schooling and Society: Myths of Mass Education. The result is a ready reckoner of the myths that form the overall illusion of modern schooling. His forensic exposition of these myths, provides a genuine opportunity for the reform of both teacher education and of schooling itself. I hope people take up Tait's counsel.' Roger Slee, School of Education, University of South Australia

    'This book is a really great resource for undergraduates studying sociology of education. Presenting myths and then debunking them in a clear and accessible writing style is exactly what many students need to develop a more sociological understanding of a phenomenon that they often take for granted.' Peter Hemming, Cardiff University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2017
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781316610541
    • length: 424 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 175 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.84kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Re-Assessing the Three Pillars: Modern and Postmodern Sociologies of Education:
    1. Social class
    2. Gender
    3. Race/ethnicity
    Part II. The Foundations of an Alternative Approach: Education and Governance:
    4. Governance
    5. Subjectivity
    6. Pre-adulthood
    7. Big data
    Part III. Cultural Contexts of Contemporary Education:
    8. The media
    9. Popular culture
    10. Technology
    11. Globalisation
    Part IV. Philosophy and Mass Education:
    12. Philosophy
    13. Ethics, disability and the law
    14. Truth and postcolonialism
    Conclusion: the central aims of this book.

  • Author

    Gordon Tait, Queensland University of Technology
    Gordon Tait is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queensland University of Technology. An award-winning teacher, he has taught sociology and philosophy for over thirty years, and has published books on education, sociology, cultural studies, philosophy and criminology.

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