Education Studies

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Education Studies, Teaching, Scientific Research, Research Methods.


Malcolm Gladwell asks what makes a university great, and also providing an answer: "To constantly surprise the students, to have an engineered capacity for surprise, a good university deliberately sets their students through situations during the course of the day where they are surprised by something new, weird, challenging." Unfortunately, modern university environments, where teaching becomes a necessary evil for academics intent on fulfilling their research and publication obligations, have in many places become an anti-thesis to this.

Relevant therefore is to look into how social processes outside universities and the institutionalised educational establishment can contribute to education in a society. Non-affiliated and independent scholars can arguably offer more free thinking and paradigm-shifting ideas than conformist peers. They can also help with the breaking-down of barriers between a self-consciously proud 'academia' and what disparagingly can be called 'the general public.' There is enough of chatter going on in journals and on conferences between academics, and way to little of dialogue between academics and everyone else.

Broadly speaking, Education Studies should be concerned with issues such as


Education and development, education and class, Institutional requirements vs independent scholarship, social construction of knowledge


Name Type Comment
Pierre Bourdieu
Samuel Bowles
Herbert Gintis Together with Bowles : Schooling in Capitalist America (1976) was perhaps the most important text in this regard. For Bowles

and Gintis, schools had a key functional role in the reproduction of capitalism, preparing young people to take their places in a differentiated class hierarchy. Schools operated on what they called a “correspondence principle”

Paul Willis Learning to Labor outlines the 'culture of resistance' of young working-class school boys in industrial town.

Education & Development Policies

“If you think education is expensive, try ignorance.”

Focus on access, but also quality as quality in LDCs has been poor. Providing incentives to learn, merit scholarships.

Education & Early Recovery & Humanitarian Action

"Educate a boy and you educate an individual; educate a girl and you educate a community." Women involvement in peace negotiations better the agreements, their involvement in implementation ensures sustainability. Fundamental aspect.

Role of Scientific Communities e.g. Assessments of natural hazards grounded in local science. Measures for preparedness, technical expertise.

Think tanks represent an important subset of the institutions that make up civil society. Their existence contributes to the creation of a robust civil society. In turn, the presence of a robust civil society strengthens the existence of think tanks, creating a ‘virtuous cycle’ of consolidation. The potential of think tanks to support and sustain civil societies around the world is far from exhausted.

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