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Theorizing Education


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Theorizing Education brings together innovative work from a wide range of contexts and traditions which explicitly focuses on the roles of theory in educational research and educational practice. The series includes contextual and socio-historical analyses of existing traditions of theory and theorizing, exemplary use of theory, and empirical work where theory has been used in innovative ways. The distinctive focus for the series is the engagement with educational questions, articulating what explicitly educational function the work of particular forms of theorizing supports.

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Inoperative Learning: A Radical Rewriting of Educational Potentialities

Inoperative Learning: A Radical Rewriting of Educational Potentialities

Forthcoming

Tyson E. Lewis
October 20, 2017

Inoperative Learning embodies a weak philosophy of education. It does not offer a set of solutions or guidelines for improving educational outcomes, but rather renders taken-for-granted assumptions about the theory-practice coupling inoperative. By arguing that such logic reduces education to...

Filmed School: Desire, transgression and the filmic fantasy of pedagogy

Filmed School: Desire, transgression and the filmic fantasy of pedagogy

James Stillwaggon, David Jelinek
October 13, 2017

Filmed School examines the place that teaching holds in the public imaginary through its portrayal in cinema. From early films such as Mädchen in Uniform and La Maternelle to contemporary images of teaching in Notes on a Scandal and The History Boys, teachers’ roles in film have been consistently...

Reclaiming Education in the Age of PISA: Challenging OECD’s Educational Order

Reclaiming Education in the Age of PISA: Challenging OECD’s Educational Order

Vasco d'Agnese
August 30, 2017

Reclaiming Education in the Age of PISA provides a critical analysis of the OECD’s educational agenda and its main tool, namely, PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment). Based on an analysis of the OECD’s public documents, including publications, webpages, and videos, d’Agnese argues...

Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education: Rethinking the temporal complexity of self and society

Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education: Rethinking the temporal complexity of self and society

Michel Alhadeff-Jones
November 02, 2016

Time and the Rhythms of Emancipatory Education argues that by rethinking the way we relate to time, we can fundamentally rethink the way we conceive education. Beyond the contemporary rhetoric of acceleration, speed, urgency or slowness, this book provides an epistemological, historical and...

On the Politics of Educational Theory: Rhetoric, theoretical ambiguity, and the construction of society

On the Politics of Educational Theory: Rhetoric, theoretical ambiguity, and the construction of society

Tomasz Szkudlarek
November 02, 2016

On the Politics of Educational Theory considers the political significance of educational theory as a specific genre of public discourse. Rather than understanding educational theories solely as addressing issues of childrearing and instruction, this book aims to view educational theories in a...

Forgotten Connections: On culture and upbringing

Forgotten Connections: On culture and upbringing

Klaus Mollenhauer, Norm Friesen
January 21, 2016

Klaus Mollenhauer’s Forgotten Connections: On Culture and Upbringing is internationally regarded as one of the most important German contributions to educational and curriculum theory in the 20th century. Appearing here in English for the first time, the book draws on Mollenhauer’s concern for...

Psychopathology at School: Theorizing mental disorders in education

Psychopathology at School: Theorizing mental disorders in education

Valerie Harwood, Julie Allan
January 21, 2016

Psychopathology at School provides a timely response to concerns about the rising numbers of children whose behaviour is recognised and understood as a medicalised condition, rather than simply as poor behaviour caused by other factors. It is the first scholarly analysis of psychopathology which...

Curriculum Theorizing and Teacher Education: Complicating conjunctions

Curriculum Theorizing and Teacher Education: Complicating conjunctions

Anne M Phelan
March 16, 2015

If teacher education, as a field of study, is to contribute to the revitalization, re-moralization and re-politicization of Education, this book argues that it needs to be alert to questions of teachers’ intellectual and political freedom and to concerns about the legitimacy of what we do in...

Making a Difference in Theory: The theory question in education and the education question in theory

Making a Difference in Theory: The theory question in education and the education question in theory

Gert Biesta, Julie Allan, Richard Edwards
March 04, 2015

Making a Difference in Theory brings together original work from an international group of authors on the roles of theory in educational research and practice. The book discusses the different roles theory plays, can play and should play, both from a historical perspective and in light of...

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