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Culture and Education

By Ben Wadham, Jason Pudsey, Ross Boyd
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Suitable for sociology and social foundation of education courses found in Education and Sociology departments.
This text takes a new and current look at sociology of education. By examining the culture and society of today, we can understand how education - how we teach, what we should teach -  is shaped by the world around us.  
The text brings a range of tools and concepts from cultural analysis and social theory and applies these to the field of education and education’s place within the emerging Information Society. Students will be encouraged to see how this new understanding can offer insights, challenges and activities to their role as teachers.  
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Table of contents
1. What is culture?
2. Culture and education in a global world
3. Why bother teaching? The aims of education in the 21st century
4. Who knows? Curriculum and education in the new century
5. ‘Needs, nightmares and normals’: Who is the ideal student?
6. ‘We grew here… you flew here’: Race, nation and education
7. ‘Boys will be boys and girls will be girls’: Gender and sexuality in school
8. Literacy in a changing world
Features & benefits
  • ‘Focus’ is an introductory scenario that encourages students to think about issues that will be raised in the chapter.
  • Learning Objectives are expressed as a concepts checklist in a box at the beginning of each chapter. 
  • Key Concept boxes are separated from the chapter body text and encourage students to consider important ideas.
  • Key Terms are highlighted and defined in the margin for emphasis. 
  • Each chapter includes Exercise Boxes that engage student interest while developing critical thinking skills. Sixty-two exercises are contained in the book.
  • The ‘Summary’ contextualises the thrust of each chapter and includes subheadings such as ‘Key Events’, ‘Key Concepts’ and ‘Key Thinkers’ with information listed in bullet points. It provides students with a convenient overview to reinforce understanding.
  • Important Websites - students are directed to relevant websites for further internet research. 
  • ‘References’ are listed at the end of each chapter for further student reading.
  • The ‘Appendix’ includes a range of supporting material linked to each chapter that will encourage students to develop further their understanding of each chapter’s topics. These supporting materials are primary source documents such as newspaper and magazine articles, book extracts and Australian Government publications. Many of the exercises in the chapters are built around these documents.
Author biography
Dr Ben Wadham, Lecturer, School of Education, Flinders University.

Dr Jason Pudsey, Senior Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Flinders University, 1998 Flinders University Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Teacher of the Year.

Dr Ross Boyd, former Lecturer, Department of Sociology, Flinders University.