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Critical Studies of Education

A Student-centred Sociology of Australian Education

Voices of Experience

Authors: Jones, Tiffany

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  • Offers holistic descriptions and research on conservative, liberal, critical and post-modern schooling approaches
  • Uses real-world statistics and stories from 2,500 Australian students
  • Helps to understand which approaches dominate in schools and and how they impact different student groups
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About this book

This book is based on a comparative study from 2018, of four different approaches to education, according to 2,500 Australians’ experiences of them, on a range of topics. It shows that whilst the critical approach has strong research-based support across the board, sometimes a liberal, conservative or post-modern approach may have some merit for certain outcomes. This is a book about challenging our biases and calling on ourselves to aim higher for education, than what our own pre-conceived ideas might allow.

What and who is valued in education, and the social roles and identity messages learned, differ wildly from school to school. Education is most impacted by the orientation of education dominant in that context – whether conservative, liberal, critical or post-modern. These terms are often used with little practical data on the real-life schooling they entail. Who learns what in which approach? Who learns best with which approach, on which topic and why? This book provides this previously missing information. It offers holistic, detailed descriptions of conservative, liberal, critical and post-modern approaches to education broadly. It provides statistics and stories from real students on how the four approaches work practically in schools in relation to: age, gender, sexuality, social class, race, news-media, popular culture and technology. Chapters offer background information to the four perspectives, data from student participants, tutorial questions and activities, and suggestions for further reading.

About the authors

A/Prof Tiffany Jones (BCA, BEd-Hons1, PhD) is a sociologist who researches social issues in education, education policy, health and social policy, and legislative change. Key projects have been supported by organisations including the Australian Research Council, UNESCO and beyondblue for example. Her many peer-reviewed books include the recent book 'Improving Services for Transgender and Gender Variant Youth' (2019). Dr Jones liaises and constructs technical, policy and data reports with UNESCO and other UN bodies, including the recent report 'Bringing it Out in the Open: Monitoring school violence based on sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression in national and international surveys' (2019). She also works with various international and local/ state government and non-government organisations, on policy development around LGBTIQ+ issues; one of her recent projects is a CIHR funded collaboration across Canada, Belgium and the UK towards supporting improved health care transitions for youth with intersex variations. She sits on the editorial board of the peer-reviewed academic journals LGBT Health and LGBT Youth, and also edits a combination of scholarly and creative contributions in Bent Street (including the new 2018 edition). She is an active peer-reviewer for various education, health and sociology journals. She has received a range of awards including various postgraduate scholarships, the Griffith University Medal, the Association for Women Educators Award for Girls' Education, the ATLAS International Institute for Qualitative Methodology Highly Commended Dissertation Award and the 2018 AARE Raewyn Connell Award for leadership in gender and sexuality education research. 

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

Buy this book

eBook £71.50
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-36863-0
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Hardcover £89.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-36862-3
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
A Student-centred Sociology of Australian Education
Book Subtitle
Voices of Experience
Authors
Series Title
Critical Studies of Education
Series Volume
13
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-36863-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-36863-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-36862-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
V, 346
Number of Illustrations
100 b/w illustrations
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