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Free Paper: Education, globalisation and the ‘voice of knowledge ’ Michael Young

Education, globalisation and the ‘voice of knowledge’ – Michael Young Institute of Education, University of London and University of Bath Introduction This paper starts from a problem that is perhaps better expressed as a contradiction. On the one hand ‘Knowledge’ has undoubtedly become the major organizing category in the educational policies of international organisations and… Continue reading Free Paper: Education, globalisation and the ‘voice of knowledge ’ Michael Young

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OFSTEDagogy and the vocational mind set in schools

Background The debate about academic versus vocational education has been rumbling on for decades and continues to be a source of discussion amongst the eduBloggerati. Tristram Hunt has spoken about it recently. Vocational education is a success. Many students get to University and secure employment as a consequence of it. Unfortunately it’s success is not… Continue reading OFSTEDagogy and the vocational mind set in schools

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On the politics of pedagogy: the best that has been thought and said, “says who”?

Reading Martin Robinson’s recent piece in the TES I was intrigued by his reference to the Libertarian Left and Right. Individual knowledge has in effect been disconnected from social knowledge by both sides of the political divide. I agree though I think that one differs from the other. I also agree with much of the article. It makes a lot of sense . Generally… Continue reading On the politics of pedagogy: the best that has been thought and said, “says who”?

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Robert Peal and Civitas: Shared Interests and Contempt

I’ve been blogging recently about the relationships that underpin certain ideas in education. Arguing that often ideas are co-opted for ideological, political and business purposes. I thought I’d re-blog a section of the recent FORUM review of Robert Peal’s book. The passage is here and the full text is above. Make your own mind up.… Continue reading Robert Peal and Civitas: Shared Interests and Contempt

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Free paper Sociology of education: Creativity, Innovation and Communication

Challenge 3: Creativity, Innovation and Communication Three scenarios for the future: Lessons from the sociology of knowledge by Michael Young and Johan Muller Key words sociology of knowledge, social realism, Emile Durkheim, Basil Bernstein,boundaries and boundary-crossing, educational futures Abstract This review draws on social realist approaches in the sociology of knowledge and in light of… Continue reading Free paper Sociology of education: Creativity, Innovation and Communication

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Right wing pedagogy and social justice: on the academic / vocational debate

A BLOG seeming to favour academic as opposed to vocational knowledge generated some debate on twitter yesterday both for and against. Some valuable additional contributions were made to the debate here and here. Followed by a further response here. The debate turned to educational research and a curriculum model outlined by educational sociologist Michael Young (see below), which is a useful framework for discussion.… Continue reading Right wing pedagogy and social justice: on the academic / vocational debate

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The whole history of everything in 15 minutes: truth and philosophy in education for @little_mavis

There’s been some talk on Twitter about truth and philosophy in education. So I thought I’ do a pithy 15 minute BLOG, 15 minutes to write – 15 minutes to read. Sadly, it took longer than 15 minutes and I entirely regret having the idea. I’m not a philosopher so it’s quite possible none of… Continue reading The whole history of everything in 15 minutes: truth and philosophy in education for @little_mavis