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Education is one of the hot-button issues of our time, heatedly debated by parents, teachers, local school boards, and national politicians. But despite the many measures taken to overhaul the educational system, student math and reading scores rarely seem to improve. Taking the reader from the schools of ancient times to the present day, this Very Short Introduction expla Education is one of the hot-button issues of our time, heatedly debated by parents, teachers, local school boards, and national politicians. But despite the many measures taken to overhaul the educational system, student math and reading scores rarely seem to improve. Taking the reader from the schools of ancient times to the present day, this Very Short Introduction explains why education has followed the path that it has taken-and what we might do to improve it. Education expert Gary Thomas delves into some of the big questions of education and the twists and turns the field has taken over time, looks at the work of such key thinkers as Piaget and Vygotsky, and examines such recent innovations as the introduction of progressive education in the 20th century and the marketization of schools over the last few decades. Thomas repeatedly returns to the question of why education has recently become so test-orientated and he explores the consequences of this obsession with testing for children. He also looks at moves that teachers and policy-makers have made to try to improve what goes on in schools, from changing teaching so that it mirrors the way children learn, to making schools more inclusive and meaningful for a broader range of students. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.


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Education is one of the hot-button issues of our time, heatedly debated by parents, teachers, local school boards, and national politicians. But despite the many measures taken to overhaul the educational system, student math and reading scores rarely seem to improve. Taking the reader from the schools of ancient times to the present day, this Very Short Introduction expla Education is one of the hot-button issues of our time, heatedly debated by parents, teachers, local school boards, and national politicians. But despite the many measures taken to overhaul the educational system, student math and reading scores rarely seem to improve. Taking the reader from the schools of ancient times to the present day, this Very Short Introduction explains why education has followed the path that it has taken-and what we might do to improve it. Education expert Gary Thomas delves into some of the big questions of education and the twists and turns the field has taken over time, looks at the work of such key thinkers as Piaget and Vygotsky, and examines such recent innovations as the introduction of progressive education in the 20th century and the marketization of schools over the last few decades. Thomas repeatedly returns to the question of why education has recently become so test-orientated and he explores the consequences of this obsession with testing for children. He also looks at moves that teachers and policy-makers have made to try to improve what goes on in schools, from changing teaching so that it mirrors the way children learn, to making schools more inclusive and meaningful for a broader range of students. About the Series: Oxford's Very Short Introductions series offers concise and original introductions to a wide range of subjects--from Islam to Sociology, Politics to Classics, Literary Theory to History, and Archaeology to the Bible. Not simply a textbook of definitions, each volume in this series provides trenchant and provocative--yet always balanced and complete--discussions of the central issues in a given discipline or field. Every Very Short Introduction gives a readable evolution of the subject in question, demonstrating how the subject has developed and how it has influenced society. Eventually, the series will encompass every major academic discipline, offering all students an accessible and abundant reference library. Whatever the area of study that one deems important or appealing, whatever the topic that fascinates the general reader, the Very Short Introductions series has a handy and affordable guide that will likely prove indispensable.

30 review for Education: A Very Short Introduction

  1. 5 out of 5

    Anita

    Почему её стоит прочитать? Чтобы... : 1. Вновь осознать, насколько плохая система образования 2. Провести параллели между мировым образованием и российским и понять, что неправильно присуждать все грехи одной России 3. Усилить угрызение мозга вопросом: "Как стать учителем что надо?" 4. И, конечно же, вновь удостовериться, что учителем быть - не дрова рубить. В силу того, что я до сих пор никак не могу понять, куда поступать, поняла, что с радостью пошла бы на факультет образования с элементами когни Почему её стоит прочитать? Чтобы... : 1. Вновь осознать, насколько плохая система образования 2. Провести параллели между мировым образованием и российским и понять, что неправильно присуждать все грехи одной России 3. Усилить угрызение мозга вопросом: "Как стать учителем что надо?" 4. И, конечно же, вновь удостовериться, что учителем быть - не дрова рубить. В силу того, что я до сих пор никак не могу понять, куда поступать, поняла, что с радостью пошла бы на факультет образования с элементами когнитивистики, если бы он существовал. Сугубо опираясь на мои взгляды в столь юном возрасте, считаю, что, чтобы преподавать, нужно пройти курсы, осознать, что ты делаешь, и чувствовать детей (тут только опыт поможет). А чтобы понять, КАК преподавать, надо изучать систему образования и инновации в ней. Пора бы в дополнение к педу открыть и факультет конкретно образовательной системы.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Azat Sultanov

    This is a good introduction into educational matters. A must read for any educators as well as students. Gives a historical discourse and an overall picture of the theories dominating the field. Nice bibliography.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jayney

    Excellent!!!! Such a good introduction. Inspiring and easy to read. I read the whole book on commuter trains in Tokyo & nothing was difficult to concentrate on due to the simple style of writing. So concise a wide range of theorists were covered and both sides of the arguement was given. Excellent!!!! Such a good introduction. Inspiring and easy to read. I read the whole book on commuter trains in Tokyo & nothing was difficult to concentrate on due to the simple style of writing. So concise a wide range of theorists were covered and both sides of the arguement was given.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Reid

    Education by Gary Thomas (Oxford University Press, 2013) is one of the newest additions to the Very Short Introduction series, a series I’ve spoken highly of in the past simply because each book does such a wonderful job of introducing a topic, the issues surrounding the topic, and the people involved without overburdening the reader. Education is no exception. In 120 slim pages, Thomas introduced me to a general history of the processes of education, the people involved in various philosophies, Education by Gary Thomas (Oxford University Press, 2013) is one of the newest additions to the Very Short Introduction series, a series I’ve spoken highly of in the past simply because each book does such a wonderful job of introducing a topic, the issues surrounding the topic, and the people involved without overburdening the reader. Education is no exception. In 120 slim pages, Thomas introduced me to a general history of the processes of education, the people involved in various philosophies, the different schools of thought in education, and the contemporary issues that surround the complex topic. I read the book once. As a new homeschooling mother, I assure you that this was only a preliminary read of a book that I need to revisit. I’ve been mulling over it for a week now, pondering how to approach a review of the book. Because it is a slim introduction, it is a basic overview. And yet, reading it provided me with motivation to improve my own teaching, along with a desire to encourage change throughout mainstream education today. More on my blog Note: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for review consideration.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Cathleen

    Given its brevity, a highly readable and remarkably comprehensive book on education, schooling, and teaching. Thomas presents presents the perennial questions about education and schooling, and captures the competing perspectives clearly enough that any one new to education could quickly be brought up to speed.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Shems

    Переехал к Рустику на Московскую и на след день скатавшись туда и обратно таки дочитал эту книгу) Отличная книга для начала, есть много ссылок на литературу по которым можно продолжать разбираться с насущными вопросами образования. Рекоммендую к прочтению всем кому интересно образование, да и тем кто в нем уже не первый год.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Ben Scobie

    The book goes through a lot of the various theories seen in education, which were naturally interesting. What I found more interesting was the role of politics and how much of what we see today in education and schools was defined by politicians rather than educationalists and outcomes from studies, but perhaps this is a good thing, as apparently there is no proven outcome between education spending and economic growth. The author seemed to enjoy how terrible and ineffective much of education is The book goes through a lot of the various theories seen in education, which were naturally interesting. What I found more interesting was the role of politics and how much of what we see today in education and schools was defined by politicians rather than educationalists and outcomes from studies, but perhaps this is a good thing, as apparently there is no proven outcome between education spending and economic growth. The author seemed to enjoy how terrible and ineffective much of education is and spent a lot of time discussing the disparity between education and learning. Something that will stick with me was the point about asking people where they acquired what they know. "Their knowledge of facts, their understanding of life and work came to them from friendship or love, while viewing TV, or while reading, from examples of peers or the challenge of a street encounter." The references and list of further reading resources is great!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Danil

    Surely, very good book about education history, about brightest thoughts and ideas, but it seems to me, author is very selective... He is totally sure that best education is progressive. Of corse it is, but school is not only about education. Its about system too. If children are not at school, where are they while their parents at work? If parents will be with their children, who will work and get some money to live on? If we make smaller classes, more diverse afterschool programs, it will need Surely, very good book about education history, about brightest thoughts and ideas, but it seems to me, author is very selective... He is totally sure that best education is progressive. Of corse it is, but school is not only about education. Its about system too. If children are not at school, where are they while their parents at work? If parents will be with their children, who will work and get some money to live on? If we make smaller classes, more diverse afterschool programs, it will need more "teachers", place, time and money. Who will pay?

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    As an educator, this was a tough read. That’s only because the author is so thorough within the short 120 or so pages, that there’s no questioning the cyclical patterns of education theories and methods. Completely infuriating, but the author does a great a job with this topic. I read this in one night and really enjoyed it. I also appreciated the subtle hints of author opinion that didn’t take away from the facts of history. Good read, no doubt.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Harry

    Very readable, and an interesting approach to the history of, and discourse surrounding, education (basically and in the main in European and Anglo-American spheres). Quite a depressing tone throughout, and a voyage through the many incursions--often producing deleterious effects--into educational practice motivated by politicians keen on re-election.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christine Louis Dit Sully

    More an essay where the author is constantly showing his opinions than a short introduction to education where one is trying to raise an interest in the readers as well as trying to impart some knowledge. I have read several books in the 'Very short introduction' serie and this is by far the worse book I read so far.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Crystal Miller

    I read this for a class, and honestly, it's a pretty good textbook. There were even a few sentences that struck me as worthy of texting my friends, so yeah, good book for anyone intending to do any teaching as a part of their career.

  13. 5 out of 5

    商嘉琦

    VIS Series has never let me down. As I was going through this book, all of the key scholars and reforms and theories that mentioned in my Critical debates in education course are connected together. This is really a great quick review! Lucky I found this book

  14. 4 out of 5

    James Reynolds

    Course book for MA This has been recommended by University to use as a starting point for MA. Hopefully this turns out to be correct

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ryan

    I am astonished by how much I learned from this little book about the history of education and some of the seemingly eternal struggles that take place in this arena.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Melody

    I decided to teach this book before I read it, so I'm very glad that it's such a good book! I'll be using it in my first year comp course next year and I think this book will serve as an excellent interlocutor for students as they develop questions and respond to problems related to education. The book grapples with precisely what we mean by "education" and provides plenty of fodder for thinking about how educational genre shape our sense of ourselves in the world. It even provides some excellen I decided to teach this book before I read it, so I'm very glad that it's such a good book! I'll be using it in my first year comp course next year and I think this book will serve as an excellent interlocutor for students as they develop questions and respond to problems related to education. The book grapples with precisely what we mean by "education" and provides plenty of fodder for thinking about how educational genre shape our sense of ourselves in the world. It even provides some excellent models of problem/solution thinking! While I suspect my students may struggle with the text, I think they will ultimately find it a satisfying intellectual achievement.

  17. 4 out of 5

    James Carter

    Education: A Very Short Introduction reads like a high school essay or even a lengthy senior thesis for a throwaway education course. There are too many opinions made by the author and not enough facts about education. As a former teacher, I instinctively knew that there was too much ground not covered in the book. All in all, I am never reading any more of these A Very Short Introduction books.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ildar Shakirov

    This book is about education in general and mostly about the school education. It explains how school education evolved and why it is the way it is with all the problems and everything. I highly recommend this book to teachers and everyone related to education and interested in it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Tiago Massoni

    This series is so great! The second one I read, intend to read many more of those. I agree pedagogy is kinda boring usually, but this text is very fluent. It mentions the brazilian Paulo Freire, very precisely on his relevance to education studies in the twentieth century.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Wright

    Chapter 1: Beginnings Chapter 2: Oil and water: the formal and the progressive Chapter 3: The traditions unfold: ideas into practice Chapter 4: Big ideas from the 20th century Chapter 5: Analysts and theorists: what did they ever do for us? Chapter 6: The curriculum Chapter 7: School's out!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Leonardo

    Well-written, highly readable and modern intro to "education and its discontents". Enlightening.

  22. 4 out of 5

    เนติวิทย์ โชติภัทร์ไพศาล

    a good book for introduction and understanding the problems.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Hanrong Tham

    A great read for all educators. He gives a very concise description and analysis of the tensions that are present in education.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Jassiekas

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline Puschmann

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin SooYeon

  27. 4 out of 5

    Angela

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lynsey

  29. 4 out of 5

    Will Bickford Smith

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Eads

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