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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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“I suspect that I am not alone in finding it difficult to imagine a contemporary landscape of educational studies untouched by Ivor Goodson’s life/work. This book charts how Ivor, as public intellectual and ‘travelling organic scholar’, has had a global influence on scholarship, theory, methodology, understandings of schools and schooling, curriculum, educators’ lives and so much else. Yvonne Downs’s engaging interpretation of and commentary on Ivor’s writings offers us new insights, building on and illustrating the importance of locating personal stories of action within theories of context, an imperative which has always been central to Goodson’s commitment to challenging injustice through informed critique. I’ve been privileged to know and work with Ivor. This book offers those who have not been as lucky as I was a sort of virtual opportunity to spend some time in his company.”

Pat Sikes, Professor of Qualitative Inquiry, University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

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