Education is seen as central to economic competitiveness, the reduction of poverty and inequality, and environmental sustainability. The editors have selected key writings that examine the social and economic limits- and possibilities of-education in addressing these fundamental problems. This new reader establishes the field of sociology of education with a particular focus on papers that analyse the nature and extent of globalization in education. A general introduction presents the key concepts in the sociology of education, and outlines the major theories and debates, especially in relation to globalization. Each section is accompanied by a part opener explaining and contextualizing the readings within a larger educational and sociological context.
PART 1: CLASSIC TEXTS ; PART 2: CONTEMPORARY THEORIES OF SOCIAL CHANGE ; PART 3: EDUCATION, GLOBALIZATION AND THE NATION STATE ; PART 4: EDUCATION, KNOWLEDGE AND THE GLOBAL LABOUR MARKET ; PART 5: THE FAMILY, OPPORTUNITY AND SOCIAL MOBILITY ; PART 6: POWER, CULTURE AND THE POLITICS OF IDENTITIES ; PART 7: CHANGING EDUCATION AND TEACHERS' WORK ; PART 8: CURRICULUM, LEARNING AND ASSESSMENT ; PART9:UNIVERSITIES, HIGHER EDUCATION AND LIFELONG LEARNING ; PART 10: EDUCATION AND DEVELOPMENT