Education – An Anatomy of the Discipline
Rescuing the university project?
By John Furlong
Routledge – 2013 – 232 pages
Routledge – 2013 – 232 pages
Education – An Anatomy of the Discipline focuses on the development of the discipline of education, how it is understood and practised in contemporary universities, and the potential threats to its future. As the author, John Furlong argues, disciplines are not only intellectually coherent fields of study; they also have a political life, they are argued for, supported, challenged and debated. Nowhere is this more true than in the discipline of education.
In this authoritative text, Furlong describes the history as well as the current state of the discipline of education in universities. He also explores the range of national and global changes that have helped to shape the discipline in recent years. Education’s final ‘arrival’ in the university sector coincided with major changes in universities themselves. Today, universities are very diverse institutions: they no longer have a sense of essential purpose and have largely accepted their loss of autonomy, especially in education where government intervention is particularly strong. If education is now fully integrated into universities, then, like the system as a whole, it urgently needs to find a voice, set out a vision for itself, and state what its purpose should be within a university in the modern world.
The book therefore brings together four vitally important topics:
-the changing nature of the university
-the academic and scholarly study of education as a field
-the professional education and training of teachers
-the nature and organisation of educational research.
Education – An Anatomy of the Discipline will occupy a central place in contemporary literature about education; although based on evidence from British universities, its implications are important across the world. The book will be invaluable reading for all professionals working in university departments and faculties of education as well as those with an interest in the changing role of the university in contemporary society.
‘A beautifully-written and brilliantly-argued book that has implications for all those places—especially the U.S.—where the university project of education is in jeopardy.’ Professor Marilyn Cochran-Smith, Boston College, USA
‘An excellent book that provides a much needed vision of how education as a subject of study in universities might rediscover its soul.’ Professor Geoff Whitty, Institute of Education, University of London, UK
‘The reach is classic. It is no less than the health of schooling for a democratic society in the age of national and global markets.’ Professor Sheldon Rothblatt, University of California, USA
‘Essential reading for everyone concerned about the university project in education wherever they are located.’ Professor Bob Lingard, The University of Queensland, Australia
Part I: Introduction 1: Education: A Discipline? 2: The Universities and Education: The First 100 Years 3: The Universities and Education: The Reassertion of Control Part II: Where Are We Now? 4: We're All Universities Now: Worlds of Similarity and Difference 5: Teaching Education Today 6: Educational Research Today Part III: Why Are We Where We Are? 7: Globalization, Neo-liberalism and Emergence of the Enterprise University 8: Neo-liberalism and its Impact on Teacher Education 9: Educational Research in the 'Enterprise University' Part IV: Rescuing the University Project 10: Re-imagining the University 11: 'Re-tooling' the Discipline of Education
John Furlong is Emeritus Professor and former Director of the Department of Education at the University of Oxford, UK.