Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity / Edition 1

Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity / Edition 1

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Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Education in the Age of Insecurity / Edition 1

We are living in a defining moment, when the world in which teachers do their work is changing profoundly. In his latest book, Hargreaves proposes that we have a one-time chance to reshape the future of teaching and schooling and that we should seize this historic opportunity. Hargreaves sets out what it means to teach in the new knowledge society -- to prepare young people for a world of creativity and flexibility and to protect them against the threats of mounting insecurity. He provides inspiring examples of schools that operate as creative and caring learning communities and shows how years of "soulless standardization" have seriously undermined similar attempts made by many non-affluent schools. Hargreaves takes us beyond the dead-ends of standardization and divisiveness to a future in which all teaching can be a high-skill, creative, life-shaping mission because "the knowledge society requires nothing less." This major commentary on the state of today's teaching profession in a knowledge-driven world is theoretically original and strategically powerful -- a practical, inspiring, and challenging guide to rethinking the work of teaching.

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ISBN-13: 9780807743591
Publisher: Teachers College Press
Publication date: 05/08/2003
Series: Professional Learning Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

1Teaching for the Knowledge Society: Educating for Ingenuity9
The Paradoxical Profession9
Before the Knowledge Society10
Profiting from the Knowledge Society14
Developing the Knowledge Society18
Teaching for the Knowledge Society23
2Teaching Beyond the Knowledge Society: Dealing with Insecurity35
The South Sea Bubble35
The Knowledge and Information Bubble37
From Information to Insecurity40
Fundamentalism or Cosmopolitan Identity43
Community and Character49
Cultivating Social Capital54
Educating for Democracy55
Teaching beyond the Knowledge Society57
3Teaching Despite the Knowledge Society, Part I: The End of Ingenuity72
The Cost of the Knowledge Society72
Market Fundamentalism73
Education Off the Rails74
Standardized Policies82
Standardized Practices85
Teachers' Work and Relationships90
4Teaching Despite the Knowledge Society, Part II: The Loss of Integrity96
The End of Ingenuity99
The Absence of Integrity115
5The Knowledge-Society School: An Endangered Entity127
The School as a Learning Community127
The School as a Caring Community138
The Pressured Community143
Learning, Caring, and Surviving155
6Beyond Standardization: Professional Learning Communities or Performance-Training Sects?160
Toward a Learning Profession160
Futures for Teaching in the Knowledge Society161
Cultures, Contracts, and Change162
Culture Regimes163
Contract Regimes166
7The Future of Teaching in the Knowledge Society: Rethinking Improvement, Removing Impoverishment189
Differential Development190
About the Author230

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