Education and Social Control: A Study in Progressive Primary Education

Rachel Sharp (Author) Anthony Green (Author)
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Description

First published in 1975, this book offers a critique of some of the 'new perspectives' in the sociology of education. This is achieved through a case study of a progressive child centred school.

The book suggests that a liberal approach to education fails to appreciate how thoroughly a complex, stratified industrial society penetrates the school. It argues that the practice of 'progressive' education may be a modern form of conservativism and an effective form of social control both in the narrow sense of achieving classroom discipline and in the wider sense of contributing to the promotion of a static social order. It cautions against naïve utopian solutions which see the freedom and self-development of the child as an individualized process, unrelated to a social context which may undermine the ideals of freedom and spontaneous self-development.

In addition to offering a study of the implementation of the 'open' approach to child development and pedagogy, the book can also be read as a piece of critical sociology, intended to make the reader look again at the way in which problems have been generated and solutions proposed within sociology and education.

Product Details

Price
$156.00
Publisher
Routledge
Publish Date
May 05, 2017
Pages
270
Language
English
Type
Hardcover
EAN/UPC
9781138629905

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About the Author

Rachel Sharp lives in New York City with several plants and her questionable sense of humor. At time of writing, she is working on entirely too many projects. The previous statement will be true regardless of time of reading. She also lives with chronic illness, plays ukulele, and tries to save the planet. Biography Rachel Sharp is an author and lifetime member of the Somewhat Eccentric Creative Persons Club (which she just invented). Her books include the Planetary Tarantella trilogy, as well as the hacker & fae novel Phaethon from Pandamoon Publishing. Originally from Vermont, she now lives in New York City with her partner, several plants, and her boundless sense of inappropriate humor. At time of writing, she is working on entirely too many projects. The previous statement will be true regardless of time of reading. She also lives with chronic illness, plays ukulele, and tries to save the planet.
Part 1 of a 3 book Trilogy