Transforming Practice

Critical issues in equity, diversity and education

Paperback / softback, 272 pages, 246 mm x 190 mm
31 Jul 2012
Trentham Books Ltd

Price: £29.99

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This Open University Reader critically examines educational issues of equity, diversity and social justice and how they are socially, culturally, economically rooted in educational practice across diverse educational settings. It highlights research, practice and pedagogies that challenge and transform educational experiences to support equity, social justice and inclusivity. The 25 chapters offer a broad range of methodologies and international perspectives on the effects of diversity on pedagogy, policy, management and curriculum. The critical perspectives and the examples explored offer a wealth of insights for those interested in the pursuit through education of equality, social justice and social inclusion for disadvantaged groups. Transforming Practice is essential reading for students seeking to address equity and diversity issues in all educational sectors, and for professionals with responsibility for enhancing educational achievement. Professionals working in related areas of policy and practice, including health, social welfare, training and employment will find it invaluable.

  • Janet Soler

  • Christopher S. Walsh

  • Anna Craft

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; About the editors; Introduction; 1. Critical Pedagody; 2. The framing of performance pedagogies: Pupil perspectives on the control of school knowledge and its acquisition; 3. An introduction to teacher research; 4. Positivistic standards and the bizarre educational world of the twenty-first century; 5. Multiple lives, disparate voices, different educational experiences: The power of narrative enquiry to investigate diversity and inform pedagogical change; 6. The elementary bubble project: Exploring critical media literacy in a fourth-grade classroom; 7. 'How do you spell homosexual?': Naturally queer moments in K-12 classrooms; 8. Why teach against Islamophobia? Striking the empire back; 9. An inclusive classroom? A case study of inclusiveness, teacher strategies and children's experiences; 10. The ambiguity of the child's 'voice' in social research; 11. Docile citizens? Using counternarratives to disrupt normative and dominant discourses; 12. Len Barton, inclusion and critical disability studies: Theorising disabled childhoods; 13. What to do about culture?; 14. Toward a critical race theory of education; 15. Theory, values and policy research in education; 16. Co-participative transformation: Creative learning conversations; 17. Death to critique and dissent? The politics and practices of new managerialism and of 'evidence-based practice; 18. Early childhood education as an evolving 'community of practice' or as lived 'social reproduction': Researching the 'taken-for-granted'; 19. Even in Sweden? Excluding the included: Some reflections on the consequences of new policies on educational processes and outcomes, and equity in education; 20. Feminist class struggle; 21. Valuing young people in community settings; 22. From equality to diversity? Ideas that keep us quiet.