This dynamic, energetic book systematically brings together the major developments in the social and political theory of education. It offers a global introduction to the major debates within the field and provides a sustained argument for a democratic and normative view of education. It provides a comprehensive view of the major disputes within social, cultural and political approaches to education. Drawing upon varied critical traditions the book helpfully connects these diverse threads of debate whilst exploring the work of key theorists. Areas explored include: • democratic notions of education, • cosmopolitanism, • multiculturalism, • pragmaticism, • critical pedagogy, • democratic socialism • liberalism Clearly written and passionately argued this book will be essential reading for all those interested in exploring education's changing place in society.

Pragmaticism and Environmental Education
Pragmaticism and environmental education

Up until this point I have tried to defend a democratic conception of education that has largely emerged out of a democratic or liberal socialist tradition. This has been because of the need to defend the practice of education in public spaces that are not colonised by the needs of capital but equally are not subservient to the state. The democratic socialist tradition has played a crucial role historically in seeking to defend a view of education that was potentially accessible to everyone, mixed students from different class backgrounds and granted them autonomy to follow their own interests while seeking to develop a responsible society. However, I have also sought to criticise this tradition in terms of questions ...

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