This book offers a radical critique of both the Government's agenda for educational reform and of the various alternative agendas that have been proposed in recent years. It is based upon original research by a distinguished inter-disciplinary author team.
The focus of the book is on the work of secondary schools located in contexts of disadvantage and on the overwhelming need to motivate young people and to foster in them a sense of purpose and optimism for the future.
In particular, the authors discuss how broader social trends impact upon schools as they move towards the year 2000; ways of understanding the low educational expectations of many young people and their disaffected attitude towards schooling; strategies by which schools can motivate students to take responsibility for their own learning; and ways of working in partnership with parents and in collaboration with other schools.
The book is based on the premise that if schools in contexts of disadvantage can be made to work, then schools in other more favourable contexts will have much to learn from them. The book will be of interest to teachers and headteachers, educational policy makers and social scientists with a professional interest in educational and management issues.
"This is stirring material, even inspirational...the book is well worth reading" - British Journal of Educational Studies
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Number Of Pages: 162
Published: 1st January 1996
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 13.5
Weight (kg): 0.31