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Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories



March 2017 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Some of the most important developments in educational thought have been put forward by theorists who have challenged existing notions about the aims of education and its role in society. But how do these ideas relate to today’s classrooms and how can you use them to improve your own teaching practice?

This textbook gives you a clear overview of fifteen thinkers who have offered challenging perspectives on education, including influential sociological thinkers (Bourdieu, Foucault, Mezirow, Bernstein), those who have questioned the orthodoxy on schooling (Holt, Darling-Hammond) and other key names whose writing has helped shaped our views on teaching and learning.

Each chapter includes:

·         practical examples showing how theories can be used to inform classroom teaching

·         critiques of each theorist exploring opposing viewpoints and the strengths and weaknesses of different ideas

·         reflective tasks inviting you to apply what you’ve read to your own educational experiences.

This is essential reading for anyone on university and school-based initial teacher education courses training to teach in different educational settings, including early years and adult education, or studying education at undergraduate and postgraduate level.
 
Chapter 1 Abraham Maslow: The father of American humanism
 
Chapter 2 Carl Rogers: The father of client-centred therapy
 
Chapter 3 A. S. Neill: Freedom to learn
 
Chapter 4 John Goodlad: The renewal of teaching and learning, schools and teacher education
 
Chapter 5 Basil Bernstein: Language codes, social class, pedagogy and the curriculum
 
Chapter 6 Pierre Bourdieu: Theory of society
 
Chapter 7 Michel Foucault: Power, surveillance, discipline and control in education
 
Chapter 8 Nel Noddings: Caring in education
 
Chapter 9 Lawrence Stenhouse: Linking the curriculum with theory, research and practice
 
Chapter 10 Henry Giroux: Critical pedagogy
 
Chapter 11 Howard Gardner: Multiple intelligences and education
 
Chapter 12 John Holt: Unschooling or home schooling
 
Chapter 13 bell hooks: Education as the practice of freedom
 
Chapter 14 Jack Mezirow: Transformative learning
 
Chapter 15 Linda Darling-Hammond: Equity in education - policy, teachers, and teaching

This book includes learning theories which educators can use and apply directly to practice and would be useful for early career researchers who may appreciate an overview of educational theory. The personal background perspective included with each chapter makes the book an accessible read as a story is weaved through an understanding of the context of the times and personal circumstances of each theorist. The structure of each chapter including: proposed learning outcomes, summaries and further reading, facilitates learning and encourages a critical understanding of each theory. 

Lynn Boyle
University of Dundee

An excellent companion to Aubrey and Riley’s ‘Understanding and Using Educational Theories’, this book presents the ideas of more peripheral and contemporary theorists, serving to extend and enrich readers’ knowledge of key thinkers on education and learning.

The key concepts of each theorist are clearly presented and contextually cushioned, enabling readers to form a web of understanding in how they link to, and have been influenced by, others in the field, whilst at the same time recognising  how they may be viewed as ‘challengers’ to more traditional ideas on education.

Application to policy and practice helps to illuminate key ideas visibly in educational settings in an easily accessible format. I will, most certainly, be adopting this as one of our key texts.

Jane Cawdell
Senior Lecturer in Education, University of Brighton

The authors of this book have done a very good job. Educational Theories have clearly been explained.

Dr Seidu Salifu
He & Teacher Training, NESCOT
June 12, 2019

Brilliant book - introduces many essential education theorists and explores both their background and the key concepts of their theories. Really useful for critical analysis.

Miss Holly Joanna Magenta Scott
Education Department, Newcastle College
April 4, 2019

This is an essential addition to our BA (Hons) Education reading list. We have a module called Constructions of Learning which looks at the theories of learning and this book is one of the key texts we recommend our students buy.

Mr Tarisai Chikomba
Dept of Teacher Education (Chelmsford), Anglia Ruskin University
September 13, 2018

Well written introduction to some of the key educational theorists. Very useful for students when beginning to look at different theories and how they can be applied in practice.

Dr Rhiannon Packer
Cardiff School of Education, Cardiff Metropolitan University
March 5, 2018

An excellent text. Very informative in discussing a range of theorists and their relationships within their work. This provides a very in-depth understanding around educational theory and application which supports wider reading.

Dr Chris Payne
Faculty of Health & Wellbeing, Sheffield Hallam University
February 9, 2018

A well written and concise introduction to learning theories.

Mr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of Further and Higher Education
December 14, 2017

This book presents a fresh look at educational theorists - plenty of opportunities for discussion and critical thought. A really useful book for undergraduates.

Mrs Claire Pescott
Early Years and Education, University of South Wales (Glamorgan)
November 7, 2017

This is a really helpful book especially for setting pre session reading with trainees who havent studied any educational theories at the start of the programme.
Easy to navigate and provides explanations and critiques of the different theorists

Ms Roz Hornsby
Faculty of Education & Health, Greenwich University
October 31, 2017

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