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New Questions for Contemporary Teachers: Taking a Social-Cultural Approach to Education

By Bruce Burnett, Daphne Meadmore, Gordon Tait
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New Questions for Contemporary Teachers: taking a socio-cultural approach to education is an introductory overview of sociology of education. Typically taught as a compulsory subject in education programs, the book covers the needs of both primary and secondary student teachers. From the same team that authored Understanding Education and Practising Education, this title comprises all new chapters reflecting current sociological and educational perspectives.
It is divided into three distinctive sections: How to govern? Do we all get a fair go? and Where Now?
·         Section 1 examines the mechanisms of governance and rejects the simplistic “domination and coercion” model of the exercise of power. Each chapter within the section explores the ways in which social management occurs through careful and targeted regulation.
·         Section 2 investigates the questions about how society distributes wealth and access without lapsing into reductionism. It focuses on how notions such as “cultural capital” and “habitus” shape educational outcomes.
·         Section 3 examines the issues relevant to the future of education such as the advances in technology, the role the government plays in implementing school-based management practices and ways in which schools can become more globalised and  become far more multi-national, multi-faith and multi-cultural geographic communities.
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Table of contents
1.  Why ask new questions? Gordon Tait
Part 1 - How do we govern?
2. What is the relationship between social governance and schooling? Gordon Tait
3. The rise and rise of testing: how does this shape identity? Daphne Meadmore
4. What do we mean by “risky kids”? Jill Brannock
5. What is the significance of literacy? Karen Dooley
Part 2 – Do we all get “a fair go”?
6. How does social class work to make the great divide? Daphne Meadmore
7. Gender equity and education: what are the issues now? Sandra Taylor 
8. How does “othering” constitute cultural discrimination? Bruce Burnett
9. What role do culture and race have in literate futures? Jean Phillips, Jo Lampert, Annah Healy,
Part 3 – What now?
10. Technophobes or technophiles? Bruce Burnett
11. What does economic management have to do with education? Peter Meadmore
12. So where are we heading? Jo Ferreira & Anne Hudson
Features & benefits
·         provides a current analysis of the local education system, at all levels, with a fresh topical approach based on critical inquiry
·         encourages students to think about the myriad of influences on the school system and how they can successfully interact and engage within it
·         accessible book which presents key information and debates to the reader without oversimplifying the complexity of ideas and theories
·         new layout and design makes the information easier to navigate and digest for the student.
Author biography
Dr Bruce Burnett, Dr Daphne Meadmore and Dr Gordon Tait are all based at the Faculty of Education, Queensland University of Technology.