ERIC Number: ED165294
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jun
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Alternatives in Education. Theoretical & Historical Perspectives. Sage Studies in Social and Educational Change Volume 6.
Rust, Val D.
The major objective of this book was to outline, within the context of school and society, the emergence and evolution of certain critical economic, intellectual, political, and social dimensions of modernity and to demonstrate that in mature modernity each of these has reached a point of crisis. The book emphasizes the historicity of the modern age in the United States and Northwestern Europe and the point of concentration is on modern variables. Chapter 2 concentrates mainly on purposes of mass education as required by the nation state and Chapter 3 discusses the changing purposes of the higher learnings. Chapter 4 focuses attention on the delivery system--the technology that has been established to achieve these ends. Chapter 5 explores the characteristics of modern school structures. The framework of presentation in these chapters is as follows. One or more critical modernization concepts are elaborated within a specific discipline context at the beginning of each chapter. Out of the outline emerges a discussion of one or more critical components of modern education that in turn is contrasted with its traditional counterpart. Following each of these discussions, the forces of protest or breakdown at play in the mature modern world are considered. The closing chapter dialectically postulates general trends in education that can be anticipated in the postmodern era. (Author/MLF)
Descriptors: Comparative Education, Delivery Systems, Educational Change, Educational History, Educational Technology, Educational Theories, Elementary Secondary Education, Foreign Countries, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, International Education, Nontraditional Education, School Organization, Science Education History, Social Change
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