9781847060396

Education and Community

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  • ISBN13:

    9781847060396

  • ISBN10:

    1847060390

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-05-20
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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Summary

Notions of 'community' are found in almost every educational context, from primary schools to higher education institutions. Given the polemic nature of promoting community in schools and society today, this fascinating book uses an interdisciplinary approach of political philosophy and sociology to develop theoretical principles for the promotion of communities, and subsequently applies them to the realities of schools and society. Drawing on international examples from the UK, US and Canada, this book will prove essential reading for educational researchers everywhere. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Dr Dianne Gereluk is Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Roehampton University

Table of Contents

Introductionp. x
The Promise and Paradox of Communityp. 1
Life in an ethnic communityp. 2
From ethnic community to bilingual primary teacherp. 4
A return to theoryp. 6
Concepts of 'community'p. 7
On the school treadmill: what do we need to be doing now?!p. 11
Community and Education
Community Directives for Schoolingp. 17
Aims and objectivesp. 17
Schools and communitiesp. 22
Community schoolsp. 24
Communities of interestp. 32
Community in the curriculump. 34
Norms and practices in the schoolsp. 38
Conclusionp. 39
Tensions Inherent in Communityp. 42
Internal norms and practicesp. 43
Exclusivity and communityp. 47
Dominant community practices toward non-membersp. 52
Should we dismiss the notion of 'community'?p. 54
Can a normative theory mitigate tensions found in promoting community?p. 56
Valuing Communityp. 58
Purported benefits of belonging to a communityp. 64
The need for communitiesp. 71
Developing a Liberal Conception of Community
A Liberal Conception of Communityp. 75
Principles of liberty and equalityp. 76
A fair system of social cooperationp. 78
Burdens of judgementp. 85
Reasonable pluralismp. 87
Liberal communities and the limits within reasonable pluralismp. 96
Permissible Communities in Liberal Educationp. 99
The Anglo-European Schoolp. 101
Muslim faith communities and liberal educationp. 102
Bethany Baptist Academyp. 114
Conclusionp. 119
Liberal Communities in Schoolsp. 121
A capacity for a conception of the goodp. 122
A capacity for a sense of justice and a well-ordered societyp. 129
Conclusionp. 138
Community, Schools and Society
Communities and Societyp. 143
From feudal to modern society: the changing dynamics of communityp. 144
Social conditions and communities in contemporary societyp. 146
Opportunities for liberal communitiesp. 154
Communities, schools and societyp. 156
Communties in a Changing Education Environmentp. 158
Challengesp. 158
Reconciling tensions of educational inequalities between school communitiesp. 170
Liberal communities and contemporary school conditionsp. 173
Envisaging Liberal Communitiesp. 175
Liberal communitiesp. 176
Future considerationsp. 178
Schools of inspirationp. 181
Conclusionp. 186
Referencesp. 188
Indexp. 203
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