Routledge International Companion to Education

Routledge International Companion to Education

Routledge International Companion to Education

Routledge International Companion to Education

Synopsis

The Routledge International Companion to Education addresses the key issues underpinning the rethinking and restructuring of education at the beginning of the new millennium. Each chapter gives a contemporary account of developments in the field, and looks to the future and the directions that new activity and inquiry are likely to take. All the chapters are written from an international perspective.

Excerpt

The world of education is constantly in the process of transformation. This represents a challenge to any attempt to review the field as a whole. In many senses this has always been the case. Educationalists in 1900 would have looked with some awe at the expanding educational systems of the industrialised world. In 2000, expansion continues apace. The twenty-first century is likely to be dominated by the proliferation of new structures and organisations providing formal and informal opportunities for teaching and learning in forms that would have been undreamt of a century ago.

In planning the Routledge International Companion to Education we have attempted to capture the stimulus, even excitement, that comes from new work around the key educational debates. We sought out authoritative authors who could provide a contemporary analysis of work in particular fields but could also look forward to where new inspiration and new insights might come from. We also wanted, within the inevitable limitations of language and geography, to ensure an international coverage of the themes we identified. Many of the chapters, therefore, look beyond national boundaries. And where we wanted to ensure a more global orientation, we have asked for more than one contributor to set out their ideas.

The volume is divided into five topic fields: Foundations, Processes, Substantive Issues, Sectors and Subjects. In Foundations, key concerns that relate to all educational endeavours are addressed, contemporary ideas about the nature of learning and the role of language are two examples. Processes refers to the means by which educational purposes are enacted; pedagogy and assessment are two of the topics reviewed in this section. We have chosen, in the third section, a number of Substantive Issues that attract debate and discussion in most, if not all, parts of the world. The challenge of environmental education, the interrelation of gender and education, and the role of parents exemplify the types of issues selected. The structure of education varies considerably from one system to another. We felt, however, that it was important to give voice to the discourse around the general phases of education, the pre-school, primary, secondary, and so forth. Finally, we review all the major subject

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