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Educational change and reform on a larger scale Bourdieu for Educators: Policy and Practice brings the revolutionary research and thinking of Pierre Bourdieu (1930[en]2002) of France to public educational leaders in North America, Canada, Australia, and the U.K. This text brings Bourdieu’s work into the arena of elementary and secondary educational reform and change, and offers policy, research, and practice discussions. Authors Fenwick W. English and Cheryl L. Bolton use Bourdieu to challenge the standards movement in different countries, the current vision of effective management, and the open-market notion connecting pay to performance. The text shows that connecting pay to performance won’t improve education for the poorest group of school students in the U.S., Canada, or the U.K., regardless of how much money is spent trying to erase the achievement gap. The authors lay out the bold educational agenda of Pierre Bourdieu by demonstrating that educational preparation must take into account larger socioeconomic-political realities in order for educational change and reform to make an impact.

A Retrospective Look at Bourdieu’s Impact
A Retrospective Look at Bourdieu’s Impact
What This Chapter is About

Pierre Bourdieu’s relevance to educational issues today has never been more crucial. While he served on some commissions in France that dealt with education, his academic credentials and his stature were never those of a reformer. The basis of his work was about inequality and the failure of the French state to deal with those issues of which education was but one critical function. He was a tireless advocate for social justice issues, a public intellectual, and a militant combatant against the forces of neoliberalism (sometimes called neoconservatism) that were heavily impacting France at the time of his death in 2002.

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