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Understanding and Using Challenging  Educational Theories

Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories

June 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
Understanding and Using Challenging Educational Theories 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

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

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

The book presents the main ideas of a range of learning theorists, critiques their theories and discusses ways that these can be applied in practice. It can be useful for preservice students who would like to become familiar with learning theories.

Dr Charis Karagianni
Education, University Centre Peterborough
July 4, 2017

The key component of this book is to critically appraise the theories of key influential thinkers of modern educational pedagogy and policy. This is achieved in a way that makes the reader feel comfortable with the text and challenges perceptions of those on undergrad and postgrad study in context of the nature and development of the current educational landscape.

Miss Michelle Fielding
UCBC, Blackburn College
May 17, 2017

This book is an excellent follow up to Understanding and Using Educational theories as it provides an not only excellent introduction to advanced educational theories buy also provides aid on employing these more complex approaches into personal practice. At lat there is asingle volume which presents some very complex approaches in a clear and understandable way, which unlocks key (and vital) educational theories to a wide variety of learners. I would suggest this book should be essential reading for all PGCE courses and if you are considering teaching as a career you will want to buy this book.

Mr Sam Emmett
Early Childhood Education, Glyndwr University
March 30, 2017

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