Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity

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Teachers College Press, Jan 1, 2003 - Education - 230 pages
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We are living in a defining moment, when the world in which teachers do their work is changing profoundly. In his latest book, Hargreaves proposes that we have a one-time chance to reshape the future of teaching and schooling and that we should seize this historic opportunity. Hargreaves sets out what it means to teach in the new knowledge society, to prepare young people for a world of creativity and flexibility and to protect them against the threats of mounting insecurity. He provides inspiring examples of schools that operate as creative and caring learning communities and shows how years of "soulless standardization" have seriously undermined similar attempts made by many non-affluent schools. Hargreaves takes us beyond the dead-ends of standardization and divisiveness to a future in which all teaching can be a high-skill, creative, life-shaping mission because "the knowledge society requires nothing less."

This major commentary on the state of today's teaching profession in a knowledge-driven world is theoretically original and strategically powerful?a practical, inspiring, and challenging guide to rethinking the work of teaching.

  

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Contents

TEACHING FOR THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY Educating for Ingenuity
9
TEACHING BEYOND THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY Dealing with Insecurity
35
TEACHING DESPITE THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY PART I The End of Ingenuity
72
TEACHING DESPITE THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY PART II The Loss of Integrity
96
THE KNOWLEDGESOCIETY SCHOOL An Endangered Entity
127
BEYOND STANDARDIZATION Professional Learning Communities or PerformanceTraining Sects?
160
THE FUTURE OF TEACHING IN THE KNOWLEDGE SOCIETY Rethinking Improvement Removing Impoverishment
189
APPENDIX
211
INDEX
221
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
230
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Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Andy Hargreaves' teaching and research at Boston College concentrates on educational change, performing beyond expectations, sustainable leadership and the emotions of teaching. Hargreaves

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