Adriana Hernandez teaches at the University of Comahue, Argentina.
Within this volume, internationally renowned contributors address a number of fundamental questions designed to take the reader to the heart of current debates around curriculum, knowledge transfer, equity and social justice, and system reform, such as:
What are schools and what are they for?
What knowledge should schools teach?
How are learners different from each other and how are groups of learners different from one another, in terms of social class, gender, ethnicity, and disability?
What influence does educational policy have on improving schools?
What influence does research have on our understanding of education and schooling?
To encourage reflection, many of the chapters also include questions for debate and a guide to further reading.
Read alongside its companion volume, Educational Theories, Cultures and Learning, readers will be encouraged to consider and think about on some of the key issues facing education and educationists today.
Special features include:
• Case Studies—provide an opportunity to practice ethical reasoning and engage in the discussion of complexities and debates within each case.
• Learning Activites—a range of exercises help readers make connections to the PSEL standard.
• Important Resources—includes resources that support and encourage students to explore each of the chapter’s elements.
A new preface and two full, new chapters address current controversies over curriculum and textbooks, and extend the discussion of previous editions to reflect on some of the most important pressures being placed on higher education as well. Apple also considers the recent conversion of some prominent neoliberal, neoconservative, and managerial thinkers to more critical understandings of educational policies, proving that progressive change is possible if we examine the roots of these ideologies in the first place. As insightful as it is thorough, Official Knowledge is a refreshing call to challenge the dominant forces within education today, as Apple powerfully illustrates how larger social movements are only possible if we purposefully and inclusively deepen our understanding of the existing body of knowledge about education.