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Reading and Teaching Ivor Goodson


Yvonne Downs

Ivor Goodson is an immense and vital contributor to the study of education and to educational research. His influence extends across continents, taking in theory and practice, and including topics as diverse as curriculum history and the history of school subjects; change management and reform; teachers’ lives and careers; professional and learning identities; narrative and educational policy and life politics. To all this he brings a coherence born of his convictions and his commitment to social justice. This book traces the contours of his morally inflected approach to scholarship, highlighting its contribution to a politics of transformation, all the while acknowledging and encapsulating the practical, passionate, principled humanity that continues to drive Goodson’s scholarship.
This book will be of interest to students and teachers of education, to teachers and educational researchers, as well as to those with a passion for the history and politics of education.


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Notes to Teaching Ivor Goodson


Notes for Biography 1. Schools that follow a “traditional” academic curriculum and that select their intake, usually through administering some form of entrance examination. 2. A film written by Alan Bennett and directed by Nicholas Hytner about a group of boys who are being taught history in preparation for the entrance exam to Oxford. 3. Abbreviation of secondary modern, schools to which the majority of pupils in England went before introduction of comprehensives. 4. Local squires in the area in which Ivor was born. Notes for Scholarship 1. Reference to the Hillsborough Inquiry into events at the ground of Sheffield Wednesday Football Club in 1989 that led to the deaths of 96 Liverpool supporters. The inquiry has provided strong support that police and the football club actively and wrongly sought to divert responsibility for the deaths onto the fans themselves and led to the success of a long struggle by the families of the deceased for fresh inquests into the deaths. 2. A well-known celebrity in the UK who in 2012 was posthumously exposed as a paedophile and sex offender amid suspicion that he had “hidden in plain view” and that the BBC had long colluded in keeping knowledge of his conduct out of the public domain. 3. A “grassroots movement taking action to highlight alternatives to the government's spending cuts” ( 4. Inter alia, Bauman (2000). 5. Salmon (2010). 6. Michael Gove, Secretary of State for Education in the Coalition Government of the UK. 7. Goodson and Sikes (2001)...

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