Neoliberalism, pedagogy and human development : exploring time, mediation and collectivity in contemporary schools
- Michalis Kontopodis.
- New York, NY : Routledge, 2012.
- Physical description
- xiv, 137 p. ; 24 cm.
- Routledge research in education ; 77.
Education Library (Cubberley)
LC191 .K64 2012
- Unknown LC191 .K64 2012
- Kontopodis, Michalis.
- Includes bibliographical references (p. -131) and index.
- Introduction: Looking to the Future 1. Learning, Development and Technologies of the Self: Dealing with Critical Situations and Marginalization in Germany 2. "Either Now or Never": The Developmental Temporalities of School-to Work Transition. Interlude: "I Can't Begin Anything with This" 3. Freedom Writers, California, 1994 - 1998: When Meta-Reflection Creates Radically New Possibilities for Learning and Development at School 4. Doing Collective Pasts and Futures: Pedagogia da Terra in the Landless Rural Workers' Movement in Brazil, Espirito Santo. Instead of an Epilogue: The Dynamics of Learning and Development as Becoming. Appendix.
- (source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publisher's Summary
- In most Western developed countries, adult life is increasingly organized on the basis of short-term work contracts and reduced social security funds. In this context it seems that producing efficient job-seekers and employees becomes the main aim of educational programs for the next generation. Through case studies of young people from urban and countryside marginalized populations in Germany, USA and Brazil, this book investigates emerging educational practices and takes a critical stance towards what can be seen as neoliberal educational politics. It investigates how mediating devices such as CVs, school reports, school files, photos and narratives shape the ways in which those marginalized students reflect about their past as well as imagine their future. By building on process philosophy and time theory, post-structuralism, as well as on Vygotsky's psychological theory, the analysis differentiates between two discrete modes of human development: development of concrete skills (potential development) and development of new societal relations (virtual development, which is at the same time individual and collective). The book outlines an innovative relational account of learning and human development which can prove of particular importance for the education of marginalized students in today's globalized world.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)
- Publication date
- Routledge research in education ; 77
- 9780415516761 (hardback)
- 0415516765 (hardback)