Posts Tagged ‘book’

Learning Futures: Education, Technology, and Social Change

April 8th, 2013

So far, my favourite education-related read of this year has been Learning Futures: Education, Technology, and Social Change by UK professor Keri Facer. Her work aligns strongly with many ideas and questions that I have been thinking about over the last few years.  I found it a very provocative and inspiring book (on my insistence it is currently “doing the rounds” at NZCER – filled with doxens of post-it-flags which I insisted my colleagues leave in place so that when it finally returns to my desk, I can quickly thumb through some of the key ideas that really leapt out for me ).

For me one of the most important messages was the idea of schools feeling empowered to see themselves as “future-builders” . Incidentally, while looking around at what else I could find, I found my way to this resource.

If you can’t get your hands on the book or want a quick taster, here is a recent video from the author –  definitely worth a look.


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What are schools for?

October 16th, 2009

Michael Young-1 If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll know that our first guest speaker in Act II (Tuesday 3rd November) will be Michael Young, and the title of his talk is: Schooling, curriculum, and social justice.

If you’re interested in brushing up on your sociology of education ahead of time, Michael has sent through a book chapter he has written entitled “What are schools for?”. This chapter gives an interesting overview of the main arguments and debates in the sociology of education since the 1970s.

Young, M. (2009). What are schools for? In: Knowledge, Values and Educational Policy (eds H.Daniels, H.Lauder and J.Porter. London: Routledge.

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