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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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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Downs, Yvonne.Reading and teaching Ivor Goodson / Yvonne Downs.pages cm. — (Counterpoints: studies inthe postmodern theory of education; vol. 441)Includes bibliographical references and index.1. Goodson, Ivor. 2. Education—Philosophy. I. Title.LB880.G662D69 370.1—dc23 2013013161ISBN 978-1-4331-2017-6 (hardcover)ISBN 978-1-4331-2016-9 (paperback)ISBN 978-1-4539-1142-6 (e-book)ISSN 1058-1634

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