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Tribute To Caroline Benn

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'Caroline Benn made an immense contribution to public life through her work on educational politics and the comprehensive movement. She was a committed democrat, socialist and internationalist and this book of essays dedicated to her life and work was the idea of Professor Clyde Chitty, her friend and colleague over many years, as a labour of love and to recognise her achievements. The fact that so many people in her field have contributed chapters is evidence of the influence she had on those who knew her and ...

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Overview

'Caroline Benn made an immense contribution to public life through her work on educational politics and the comprehensive movement. She was a committed democrat, socialist and internationalist and this book of essays dedicated to her life and work was the idea of Professor Clyde Chitty, her friend and colleague over many years, as a labour of love and to recognise her achievements. The fact that so many people in her field have contributed chapters is evidence of the influence she had on those who knew her and worked with her.'
Tony Benn, Foreword

'This fine book will serve both as a fitting tribute to the life and work of Caroline Benn and as a means of furthering the educational causes she championed.'
Richard Aldrich, Emeritus Professor of History of Education, Institute of Education, University of London

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780826487544
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
  • Publication date: 9/1/2005
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.06 (w) x 7.81 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Melissa Benn, daughter of Caroline and Tony Benn, is a writer and journalist who contributes regularly to The Guardian and other national newspapers and magazines. Her books include Public Lives (a novel) and Madonna and Child:Towards a New Politics of Motherhood.

Clyde Chitty is Professor of Policy and Management in Education and Joint Head of the Department of Educational Studies at Goldsmith's College, University of London, UK

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Caroline Benn 10
2 On dreams and dilemmas, class and cities : some thoughts on the modern politics of comprehensives 21
3 In praise of sixties idealism 31
4 The route to my comprehensive 41
5 The case against selection 53
6 Comprehensive success : bog-standard government 59
7 Eugenic theories and concepts of ability 76
8 Developing comprehensive education in a new climate 97
9 The process curriculum 111
10 The importance of friendship during primary to secondary school transfer 119
11 Developments in the training of teachers 137
12 Rethinking the future : the commodifaction of knowledge and the grammar of resistance 150
13 Young people and education : processes of inclusion and exclusion 164
14 Why 'improving own learning' is important 180
15 For free universities, Caroline Benn's radical alternative for higher education 191
16 Arrivant contemporaries : Caroline, her Arabian brothers and the pedagogy of story 204
17 Comprehensive schooling and educational inequality : an international perspective 217
Postscript : an obituary of Caroline Benn 243
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