Democracy, Education and Research
The Conditions of Social Change
Routledge – 2014 – 224 pages
There are many books focusing upon recipe-like strategies for undertaking research, and there are many books on the politics of change and sustainable change in communities. However in this ground-breaking book four leading experts in the field of research combine their talents to offer a very different focus: how practices and processes of research and education can create fundamental, radical social change.
Here the authors assess the meaning of ‘public impact’ by rethinking what is meant by a ‘public’ and how it is essential to the methodologies of education and research. They focus on and provide empirical illustrations of the use of research and educational processes in contemporary and emergent forms of social organisation, covering both the traditional forms to be found in the education system, health, community, business and the public institutions of government; as well as the emergent forms arising from innovations in information technologies. The book focuses on:
Avoiding jargon and introducing ideas and practices that can make a real difference this book will be relevant to students in education, sociology, politics, cultural studies and more generally on all courses where there are research-oriented modules focusing upon how to bring about change through social learning. It will also be of vital interest to a wide range of professional researchers from academics in their roles as teachers and professional researchers, to educators and activists working in our communities.
Introduction Part 1: What’s Gone Wrong with Democracy, Education and Research? 1. What’s Wrong with Democracy at the Moment and Why it Matters for Research and Education 2. The Challenge for Researchers and Educators 3. The History and Contemporary Practices of Social/Collective Learning Part 2: Can Power be Engaged through Education and Research? 4. The Organisation and Dis-organisation of Power 5. Engaging with Power through Research Methodologies Part 3: Does Social Learning Lead to Social Movements? 6. Radical Educational Strategies 7. What Might Turn Social Learning into Social Movements? 8. What is Happening Today in Terms of Social Learning Becoming Social Movements ? Part 4: Can Public Spaces be Created and Sustained? 9. How do you get from Social Movements to Public Space? 10. Towards the Creation of Public Spaces Part 5: What can be Done Today? 11. New Rules for Research, Social Learning and Creating a Socially Just World 12. Making it Happen Conclusion
John Schostak is a Professor at the Education and Social Research Institute, Manchester Metropolitan University. He is interested in qualitative research methods generally. He has co-authored 2 books with Jill Schostak, for Routledge: (2009) Radical Research. Designing, and (2010) Researching Violence, Democracy and the Rights of People.
Ivor Goodson works as Professor of Learning Theory at the University of Brighton in the Education Research Centre, as well as Research Associate at the Von Hugel Institute at St. Edmunds College at the University of Cambridge. In addition he has a Stint Foundation research professorship which he holds in the universities of Uppsala and Gothenburg in Sweden.