Engaging teachers : towards a radical democratic agenda for schooling

Gale, Trevor and Densmore, Kathleen 2003, Engaging teachers : towards a radical democratic agenda for schooling, Open University Press, Berkshire, England.


Title Engaging teachers : towards a radical democratic agenda for schooling
Author(s) Gale, Trevor
Densmore, Kathleen
Publication date 2003
Total pages 135
Publisher Open University Press
Place of Publication Berkshire, England
Keyword(s) critical pedagogy
privatization in education
Summary Engaging Teachers' makes a deliberate attempt to reclaim the education discourse captured by new right politics and connect it with a radical democratic agenda for schooling. On its agenda are education markets, policy, leadership, professionalism, and communities. Engaging with these is conceived on at least two levels. First, as an invitation to teachers to become involved in reconstructing schooling for socially just purposes and in democratic ways. From this perspective, the politics of engagement is not simply a matter of acquiescence or resistance but is informed by a commitment to generate alternatives: teachers, parents and students making things happen rather than having things done to them. Also signalled is an intent to work collectively, exploring and acting on common interests and across uncommon ground. Second, the book also celebrates teachers engaging in these reconstructive efforts in attractive and meaningful ways. The attraction is decisions about schooling made by those they affect as well as decisions that are meaningful because they engage the interests of all.
ISBN 033522508X
9780335225088
Language eng
Field of Research 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category A1.1 Books - authored - research
Copyright notice ©2003, Trevor Gale and Kathleen Densmore
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30040778

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Collection: School of Education
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