Understanding Education: Contexts and Agendas for the New Millennium
OverviewThis text is written primarily for undergraduate students of education who are studying subjects in the Sociology of Education. It aims to support students in understanding the dynamic nature of education and the political, economic and social agendas, which precipitate educational change.
In portraying education as a changing, complex and contested field, Understanding Education invites students to review assumptions made on the basis of individual experience. The contributors to this multi-authored text analyse the extent of change within Australian education, while also focusing on present conditions, historical antecedents and the demands of the new millennium.
Understanding Education closely scrutinises the powerful discourses, which shape Australian and international trends in education. It uses a "sociological lens" to explore issues, and is written in a way which will inspire students commencing their study of education at tertiary level. As a text for students beginning, and reviewing, their understandings in the study of education, Understanding Education aims to open up the field of sociology of education to new and exciting possibilities.