Powers of Curriculum

Sociological Aspects of Education

Second Edition

Brad Gobby, Rebecca Walker

Powers of Curriculum

Sociological Aspects of Education

Second Edition

Brad Gobby, Rebecca Walker

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9780190333843

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16 May 2022

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Description

Transform education by creating engaging and socially just learning experiences.  

Meeting the needs of today’s learners and society requires us to transform education. That is the purpose of Powers of Curriculum.

Powers of Curriculum challenges pre-service educators in the early childhood, primary and secondary phases of education to transform educational thinking and practices. It equips you with leading-edge sociological research, concepts and perspectives to critically examine the historical, social, cultural and political forces that shape the curriculum, learner experiences, and education systems.

This new edition includes updated coverage of the Alice Springs (Mparntwe) Education Declaration and responds to recent world events and educational developments with references to the climate crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic and the datafication of education. It aims to support you in rising to the challenge of educating young people in systems of education that need transformation.

NEW TO THIS EDITION

  • Updated content reflects the most recent research, policy and theoretical developments.
  • Revised Ask Yourself questions provoke reflection on personal beliefs, assumptions and experiences.
  • Updated Theory in Action features encourage you to apply the concepts and ideas learnt to educational contexts.
  • Revised end of chapter questions, activities and resources promote critical thinking and further engagement with the topics covered.

Contents

PART I: INTRODUCING CURRICULUM

Chapter 1: What is Curriculum?

Chapter 2: Using Theory to Think Critically about Education

Chapter 3: A History of Schooling and the Making of Children

Chapter 4: Exploring and Embracing Learner Diversity through a Sociological Lens

Chapter 5: Educators’ Philosophies: Encountering and Weaving Images

PART II: UNPACKING CURRICULUM ISSUES 

Chapter 6: Neoliberalism, Education and Curriculum

Chapter 7: The Education System and Social Class: A Shifting Relationship

Chapter 8: The Trap of Binary Thinking: Problematising Gender and Social Disadvantage

Chapter 9: Understanding the Techniques of Colonialism: Indigenous Educational Justice

Chapter 10: Rethinking Australia’s Cultural Diversity

Chapter 11: Psychology, Psychiatry and Neuroscience in Education

Chapter 12: Child and Youth Identity Formation: Consumerism and Popular Culture

PART III: CREATING AND ENACTING CURRICULUM 

Chapter 13: Critically Reflective Practice: What Is It and Why Is It Needed Now?

Chapter 14: The Virtual Schoolbag and Pedagogies of Engagement

Chapter 15: Environment as Curriculum

Chapter 16: Digital Technologies, Schooling and Children’s Rights

Chapter 17: Datafication and Assessment

Chapter 18: Planning the Curriculum

Authors

EDITORS:

Brad Gobby is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at Curtin University.

Associate Professor Rebecca Walker teaches in the School of Education at Curtin University.

CHAPTER AUTHORS:

  • Tiffani Apps
  • Lilly Brown
  • Madeleine Dobson
  • Barry Down
  • Stefania Giamminuti
  • Brad Gobby
  • Christine Gowlett
  • Saul Karnovsky
  • Amanda Keddie
  • Kelli McGraw
  • Glenda McGregor
  • Jane Merewether
  • Zsuzsa Millei
  • Martin Mills
  • Richard Niesche
  • Jane Pearce
  • Eva Bendix Petersen
  • Sophie Rudolph
  • Glenn C. Savage
  • Rebecca Walker
  • Joel Windle

Lecturer Resources

The following resources are available for lecturers who prescribe Powers of Curriculum for their course:

  • Instructor’s Resource Manual includes key points and activities to help lecturers lead effective tutorial discussions.

For more information about these resources please contact your Oxford Learning Resource Consultant.

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