The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education

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Michael W. Apple, Wayne Au, Luis Armando Gandin
Taylor & Francis, 2009 - Education - 502 pages

The Routledge International Handbook of Critical Education is the first authoritative reference work to provide an international analysis of the relationship between power, knowledge, education, and schooling. Rather than focusing solely on questions of how we teach efficiently and effectively, contributors to this volume push further to also think critically about education's relationship to economic, political, and cultural power. The various sections of this book integrate into their analyses the conceptual, political, pedagogic, and practical histories, tensions, and resources that have established critical education as one of the most vital and growing movements within the field of education, including topics such as:

  • social movements and pedagogic work
  • critical research methods for critical education
  • the politics of practice and the recreation of theory
  • the freirian legacy.

With a comprehensive introduction by Michael W. Apple, Wayne Au, and Luis Armando Gandin, along with thirty-five newly-commissioned pieces by some of the most prestigious education scholars in the world, this Handbook provides the definitive statement on the state of critical education and on its possibilities for the future.


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Part II Social Contexts and Social Structures
Part III Redistribution Recognition and Differential Power
Part IV The Freirean Legacy
Part V The Politics of Practice and the Recreation of Theory
Part VI Social Movements and Pedagogic Work
Part VII Critical Research Methods for Critical Education

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About the author (2009)

Michael W. Apple is John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Wayne Au is Assistant Professor at the University of Washington--Bothell and he is an editor for the progressive education journal, Rethinking Schools.

Luis Armando Gandin is Professor of Sociology of Education at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul in Porto Alegre, Brazil.

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