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This exciting new major work turns the spotlight on social theory and education research, taking a look at key thinkers and setting out the relevance of their ideas to education. Esteemed editor Mark Murphy provides a keen-eyed overview of the theories of Derrida, Bourdieu, Foucault and Habermas, in relation to four key education issues:

Inequality, inclusion and education; Identities: Notions of educational selves and subjectivities; Teaching and learning: Curricular and pedagogical practice; Governance and management: Performativity, audit cultures and accountability

While the influence of these thinkers has grown considerably over the last number of years, both their original work and its application to education can prove challenging to the educational practitioner. The main purpose of this collection, via an introductory contextualizing chapter, is to provide a work ...

Editor's Introduction: Between Power and Knowledge – Using Social Theory in Education Research

References to social theories of whatever type have become commonplace in educational research in recent years. This may or may not be a consequence of the ways in which postmodernism in particular has found a welcoming environment in educational discourse, but certainly forms of educational research that adopt a critical and more socially oriented approach to its subjects are holding their own in a field once dominated by more psychological and individualistic paradigms. One need only look at the recent return to the ideas of Pierre Bourdieu to witness an upsurge in interest in intellectual work (Guardian February, 2012). In their search for answers to educational questions, researchers have evidently viewed continental ...

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