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.
Chapter 1. Preamble
I am still interested in inclusive ways of being a social man.
(Goodson, 2011, p. 1)
The overarching purpose of the chapters that constitute “Reading Ivor Goodson” is to provide an opportunity for readers old and new to acquaint themselves with the meaning of the term life/work. I will be using this term to express the coherence between Ivor’s life politics and his work as a public intellectual and to foreground the integrity of the way in which he carries out his mission to serve his tribe and other tribes who are similarly positioned through his scholarship. Spending some time with Ivor’s ideas, his scholarship, and his published work furnishes an interpretive lens through which deeper insights and fresh perspectives may be gained. My initial concern was that this might be a redundant rather than a necessary undertaking, but on the contrary, despite the fact that Ivor has been consistent and unambiguous about his purpose and the underlying motivations for the work he does, the message has not always come through, or it has been misheard or ignored. Ragna Adlandsvik (Goodson, 2011) articulates the task before me when she states how important it is to keep explaining Ivor’s position because his arguments have not yet been understood or have been misinterpreted.
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