At the core of the book is an invitation for readers to consider a number of important issues such as:
- The role of the teacher as a critical and reflective practitioner
- What should we teach and why?
- Why is it that education and schooling works better for some students than others?
- The politics of educational testing and assessment
- Education and schooling within globalised and diverse social environments.
Each chapter includes periodic summaries of major points and questions for reflection and discussion, indicative reading and web-based resources for further investigation.
Keith Crawford is Professor of Education in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Professor Crawford has taught in teacher education for over twenty years; his interests focus upon historical and sociological studies of curriculum construction; social justice and values education; history education and school textbook analysis within the context of the history and citizenship curriculum. Recent publications include S.J. Foster and K.A. Crawford (eds.) (2006) What Shall We Tell the Children?: International perspectives on school history textbooks, Information Age Publishers, Charlotte, NC; and Crawford, K.A. and Foster, S.J. (2007), War, Nation, Memory: International perspectives on World War II in school history textbooks, Information Age Publishers, Charlotte, NC.
Deborah O’Neill is Lecturer in Education in the School of Education at the University of Newcastle, Australia. Deborah’s doctorate is in the field of values education. Her other research interests include citizenship education, pedagogy for social justice, the place of encounter with ‘others’ in the formation of teaching professionals for a cosmopolitan world, adolescent fiction and adolescent well-being.