Education Policy and Realist Social Theory

Author: Robert Archer
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134493541
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In Europe welfare state provision has been subjected to 'market forces'. Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education, to be achieved by new managerialist techniques and mechanisms. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues against this new vision of education, and offers a different, more useful potential approach. This in-depth major study will be of great interest to researchers in the sociology of education, education policy, social theory, organization and management studies, and also to professionals concerned about the deleterious impact of current education policy on children's learning and welfare.

Realism Discourse and Deconstruction

Author: Jonathan Joseph
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134352352
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Theories of discourse bring to realism new ideas about how knowledge develops and how representations of reality are influenced. We gain an understanding of the conceptual aspect of social life and the processes by which meaning is produced. This collection reflects the growing interest realist critics have shown towards forms of discourse theory and deconstruction. The diverse range of contributions address such issues as the work of Derrida and deconstruction, discourse theory, Eurocentrism and poststructuralism. What unites all of the contributions is a sense that it is essential to provide a realist alternative to the hitherto dominance of social constructionism, hermeneutics and postmodernism, over many of the issues discussed. By developing a realist perspective the different authors attempt to embed discourse within the structured nature of the reality of the world. Realism can situate language, discourse and ideology within context specific, or 'causally efficacious' circumstances. Realism can help to uncover issues of power, representation, and subjectivity and how discursive and other social practices produce real effects. This can help us understand the manner in which (non-discursive) social structures are reproduced through various forms of ideology and discourse. And by knowing this, we can start to address questions concerning human emancipation and how the world is to be transformed.

In Defence of Objectivity

Author: Andrew Collier
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134402759
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First Published in 2004. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Critical Realism and Composition Theory

Author: Donald Judd
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1134463936
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The field of composition theory has emerged as part of the intellectual turmoil and set of pedagogical debates which have beset higher education for the last four decades and is now revolutionizing the theory and praxis of higher education. This volume examines three of the dominant pedagogical theories within composition theory: expressivist, cognitivist, and social-constructivist and builds its critique on the fact that much of modern composition theory has focused on epistemological concerns while neglecting the ontological foundations of that which is being discussed. Critical Realism and Composition Theory offers an alternative approach to teaching composition. This problem-oriented alternative is designed to lead students beyond the abstract, contemplative description of a problem to an expanded understanding that shows that concerns for justice cannot be addressed intellectually without at the same time confronting the practical constraints that limiting powers of social institutions play in both defining a problem and its social solution.

Education Policy and Realist Social Theory

Author: Robert Willmott
Publisher: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415268394
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"Education Policy and Realist Social Theory" is a clear and accessible introduction to the morphogenetic approach in the sociology of education, and organization and management studies. Robert Willmott: establishes the theoretical framework that underpins historical and case-study research of child-centredness and new managerialism; argues that the interplay of structure, culture and agency can be theorized via the methodological device of analytical dualism; appraises the school effectiveness research; provides case study analysis of how teaching staffs in two primary schools mediate the contradiction between child-centred philosophy and practice and new managerialism; and discusses the implications of the findings for primary school practice and underscores the need for a critical realist approach to theorizing about education policy and practice.

Education Policy and Realist Social Theory

Author: Robert Wilmott
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9780203166536
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In Europe welfare state provision has been subjected to 'market forces'. Over the last two decades, the framework of economic competitiveness has become the defining aim of education, to be achieved by new managerialist techniques and mechanisms. This book thoughtfully and persuasively argues against this new vision of education, and offers a different, more useful potential approach. This in-depth major study will be of great interest to researchers in the sociology of education, education policy, social theory, organization and management studies, and also to professionals concerned about the deleterious impact of current education policy on children's learning and welfare.

Bibliographic Guide to Education

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... lists publications cataloged by Teachers College, Columbia University, supplemented by ... The Research Libraries of The New York Publica Library.