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6730 Socio-Cultural Politics of Education: Student texts

M. Poore
The list author says: "This list is for students undertaking 6730 Socio-Cultural Politics of Education.

These books share two common themes: 1) Critical thinking and 2) What it means to live a good life (in a humanist, philosophical sense)

Choose one book as your core text for the unit. Get to know it inside-out as you'll be discussing your book in tutes and running it past the key themes we discuss in the lectures (oppression, totalitarianism, liberation, liberation, democracy, etc.). If you want to read more than one book, no worries -- go ahead.

You can read your book bit-by-bit as we go through the semester, or you can read the whole thing up-front and revisit it as you choose: up to you.

For those who are a little less book-minded, I'll try to find some video and other resources.

*Gatto, Meier and Kohl are all quite easy to read and describe their own experiences in schools
*Noddings, Edmunds and Law are a bit more philosophical in tone, but aren't 'heavy' philosophy.
*Freire and Illich are both a bit trickier, but I'll also be covering them in the lectures"
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