Education, Policy and Social Justice: Learning and Skills

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A&C Black, Aug 22, 2009 - Education - 216 pages
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James Avis develops an important argument in this wide-ranging book, in which questions of social justice play a central role. He explores the socio-economic and policy context of education in advanced capitalist societies, and indicates the manner in which the rhetoric of policy-makers distorts the way in which skill is marshalled in the economy. The result is that oppressive and exploitative features of paid labour are underplayed in this rhetoric. He examines the lived experiences of teachers and students in post-compulsory education and explores their contradictory positions. If questions of social justice are to be addressed, an economically driven model of education should be rejected in favour of one that is politically engaged and utilises an expansive model of practice, extending into the wider society.

 

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Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction
1
Chapter 2 Fordism postFordism and Beyond
9
Learning to Labour and the New Vocationalism
37
Continuity and Change
65
Chapter 5 Teachers and the Transformation of Practice
89
Chapter 6 Knowledge Curriculum and Power
121
Chapter 7 Social Justice Postcompulsory Education and Practice
143
Chapter 8 Conclusion
169
Chapter 9 Postscript
181
References
203
Index
225
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About the author (2009)

James Avis is Professor of Post-compulsory Education and Training at the University of Huddersfield, UK.

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