Educational Commonplaces

Essays to honour Denis Lawton

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Paperback / softback, 231 pages, 210 mm x 148 mm
ISBN:
9780854737093
Published:
1 Jun 2005
Imprint:
Institute of Education

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Denis Lawton was Director of the Institute of Education, University of London from 1983 to 1989, and has held many other positions of distinction within education during his long career. His books have profoundly influenced two generations of teachers and education academics. This collection of essays honours Denis Lawton’s contribution to education theory and practice, reflecting the many scholarly dimensions of his work. Included are studies in the politics of education, education policy, history of education, social theory and education, and the interrelated ‘educational commonplaces’ of school, curriculum, pedagogy and assessment. Introduced by an overview of Denis Lawton’s work, and concluding with an interview with the subject himself, the essays pay tribute to his work in different ways. Some launch straight into an independent study or theoretical development in one of his many areas of interest. Others highlight a facet of his work, taking a cue from it to develop an argument further or differently, or focus more fixedly on a part of his work to critique a position, evaluate his influence on policy, or offer an observation on his founder’s role in curriculum studies. Together, they constitute an impressive commentary on a formidable oeuvre.

  • David Halpin

    Emeritus Professor of Education

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Paddy Walsh

    Senior Lecturer

    Queen's University Belfast

  • Barbara MacGilchrist

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Vic Kelly

    Emeritus Professor of Education

    Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Clyde Chitty

    Professor Emeritus

    Goldsmiths, University of London

  • Richard Aldrich

    Emeritus Professor of the History of Education

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Alex Moore

    Emeritus Professor

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Val Klenowski

    Professor of Education

    Queensland University of Technology, Australia

  • Malcolm Skilbeck

    Consultant

    UNESCO and the British Council

  • Geoff Whitty

    Director Emeritus

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Peter Gordon

    Emeritus Professor of the History of Education

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Robert Cowen

    Professor of Education

    Institute of Education, University of London

  • Richard Pring

    University of Oxford

  • Denis Lawton

    Director Emeritus

    Institute of Education, University of London

Introduction by David Halpin and Paddy Walsh
1 Schooling in the twenty-first century by Barbara MacGilchrist
2 New Labour/New Right: beyond the Tory mind by Vic Kelly
3 The politics of education revisited: the changing role of the Downing Street Policy Unit by Clyde Chitty
4 Teacher training, teacher education and pedagogy by Richard Aldrich
5 Culture, knowledge and inclusion, what place for pluralism in the common curriculum? by Alex Moore
6 Honouring teachers’ professionalism: reclaiming teaching and claiming assessment by Val Klenowski
7 How gladly – and well – will they teach in the knowledge society? by Malcolm Skilbeck
8 New Labour and the loss of the sociological imagination in education by Geoff Whitty
9 Lords President and Vice-Presidents of the Committee of Council on Education: personalities and policies, 1856-1902 by Peter Gordon
10 Extreme political systems, deductive rationalities and comparative education: education as politics by Robert Cowen
11 The development of Curriculum Studies at the Institute of Education by Richard Pring
12 Interview with Denis Lawton
Denis Lawton: Publications 1963-2005

TES Book of the Week: ...as good a record as you can find of the past 30 years of policy-making around schooling and the curriculum.

Bob Moon, Times Educational Supplement