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. 

Learning Identities for Living

Learning Identities for Living

Learning identities for living

This chapter argues that identity work has become increasingly significant to young people's transitions through education and work. The chapter:

  • discusses the impact of late modernity on the kinds of identities that young people must forge;
  • argues that there is a gap between narrow, economistic educational policies that focus almost exclusively on matching skills to national economic needs and the realities of young people's needs for life-wide and lifelong learning; and
  • presents a case study of how education can provide the resources for young people to engage in productive identity work through the performing arts.

This chapter explores the question of what young people need to know and learn in the twenty-first century. We argue that mass secondary education continues to reflect ...

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