This book will open your mind to the changing experience of schooling, and highlights new and different ways to help those whose needs simply don’t fit into the usual mould.  With contributions from leading academics from Canada, America, the UK, the Netherlands, and Australia, this internationally-minded book helps the reader to reflect on the ways young people are taught, and presents possible alternative approaches. Global social and economic changes and technological developments are driving the need for change within education, so that we can better cater for a diversity of young people. This book offers an overview of where we are now and where we might want to go in the future. 

Educational Innovation for Young People

Educational innovation for young people
KittyRiele te

This chapter sets the parameters for the kinds of educational innovation for young people that are needed — and that are expanded on in the remainder of the book. The chapter:

  • discusses claims about the ‘intractability’ of schooling and supports an ‘inside-out’ approach to reform;
  • outlines key societal changes that drive the need for doing school differently; and
  • gives an overview of both the understanding of schooling and youth, and of the vision for innovation, that underpins this book.

Proposing that schooling should be done differently tends to run into two difficulties. First, people are quick to point out that educational practices are so entrenched that innovative attempts are doomed to fail. Secondly, if people allow that some reform ...

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