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Doing a doctorate in education is always a challenging and difficult process. Doing a doctorate in education that is based upon ethnographic research is even more so. This title draws together a series of semi-autobiographical reflexive accounts of the process of doing a doctorate using educational ethnography. The individual studies include research into school effectiveness, the experiences of Asian teenagers, sexual cultures in the primary school, mature students on Access courses, primary school management, the experiences of children with special educational needs, teachers' work intensification, the family and school experiences of Year 9 students and a Youth Training programme within English professional football. The range of topics shows how import ethnographic work has become in education. Most of the contributors are still at the early stage of their academic careers. Their writings have not yet attained "classic" status - although some may be on the way to such status. The doctoral process is still a vivid memory in their minds and they have been able to drawn upon their fieldnotes and recollections to construct accounts that shed light on their experience and help to demystify it. The book should be of value for those who are thinking of doing a doctorate, for others still struggling through the process and for their supervisors.
This book examines the nexus between nation-building and history education globally and the implication for cultural diversity and social justice. It studies some of the major education reforms and policy issues in history education in a global culture, and regards them in the light of recent shifts in history education and policy research. In doing so, the volume provides a comprehensive picture of the intersecting and diverse discourses of globalisation, history education and policy-driven reforms. It makes clear that the impact of globalisation on education policy and reforms is a strategically significant issue for us all. The book focuses on the importance of nation-building and patriotism in history education, and presents up-to-date research on global trends in history education reforms and policy research. It provides an easily accessible, practical yet scholarly source of information about the international concerns in the field of globalisation, history education and policy research.
"The essays in The Social and Cultural Foundations of Education: A Reader initiate conversations on fundamental cultural and social topics that are also integral issues in education today. Each selection was chosen because it offers a unique perspective that encourages readers to think about familiar subject matter in new ways. The topics addressed are as diverse as the authors. They include the role that race and racism still play in society, how the climate crisis is being dealt with, the fluid nature of gender and sexuality, and how popular culture offers profoundly important representations into who and what we are as a culture today. Designed to shine a light on present-day dilemmas, The Social and Cultural Foundations of Education: A Reader presents work that may well join the lineage of seminal writing in the discipline. The anthology was designed as a companion text for undergraduate courses in educational foundations, and is also an excellent supplemental reader for classes in social and cultural anthropology and sociology. Joshua Diem earned his Ph.D. at the University of North Carolina. Dr. Diem is now an associate clinical professor at the University of Miami where he teaches courses on the social and cultural foundations of education, education and race, education and pop culture, education policy, and qualitative research methods. Currently, his research focuses on domestic violence, specifically on men who batter. Dr. Diem hopes to add to the literature reconceptualizing health and sex education in public schools as well as to the voices calling for frank discussions of dating violence and gender inequality."
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