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"A book of polemic and passion, which will challenge school leaders, teachers and policy-makers alike. Amid vivid invective and extensive research about the impoverishing effects of educational standardisation, there gleams Hargreaves' unwavering conviction that teaching is the key agent of change in the knowledge society. As governments search for reform strategies to match the challenges facing state school systems around the world, we need original thinkers like Hargreaves. He defines the space within which leadership must be exercised."- Heather Du Quesnay, Director and Chief Executive, National College of School Leadership.

"When it comes to the role of teachers in society no one leads the pack like Andy Hargreaves. Teaching in the Knowledge Society is brimming with original insights, cutting edge ideas from a cutting edge scholar. It pulls the reader in from the first paragraph, and never lets go. A delight to read from cover to cover." - Michael Fullan, University of Toronto.

We live in a creative, dynamic knowledge society. How do we teach young people to work in it and prosper from it? How do we protect them against its frantic pace and runaway effects? In this major new book, Andy Hargreaves examines what is meant by the knowledge society, why it's important and what it means for teachers today. Knowledge societies need schools to become creative and caring learning communities, and this book shows inspiring examples of such schools. Yet the quest to create true knowledge society schools has been stalled by years of standardisation. The benefits of creative learning communities are most often offered to teachers of the affluent. Prescribed programs of teaching and learning are inflicted on the rest. This book shows how to break through this impasse and create the knowledge society schools for all that we really need. Hargreaves' major new commentary on the state of teaching today is theoretically original and strategically powerful. Rich in teachers' voices and rigorous research, it is essential reading for teachers and teacher educators, policy makers, leaders and researchers alike.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 232 pages
  • 61 x 91 x 5mm | 376g
  • Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
  • English
  • references, index
  • 033520483X
  • 9780335204830
  • 1,549,508

Table of contents

Teaching for the knowledge society
educating for ingenuity
Teaching beyond the knowledge society
from value for money to values for good
Teaching despite the knowledge society I
the end of ingenuity
Teaching despite the knowledge society II
the loss of integrity
The knowledge society school
an endangered entity
Beyond standardization
professional learning communities or performance training sects?
The future of teaching in the knowledge society
rethinking improvement, removing impoverishment
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About Andy Hargreaves

Andy Hargreaves is the Thomas More Brennan Chair in Education at Boston College, USA.
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