ERIC Number: EJ830097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
The "C" Word in Educational Research: An Appreciative Response
Gunter, Helen M.
Critical Studies in Education, v50 n1 p93-102 Feb 2009
Honored by the invitation to read and comment on the papers in this special edition, this final contribution is an appreciation of critical studies in education. This "C" word is dangerous in a neo-liberal world, but as the authors show there is much intellectually practical work that researchers and theorizers are doing. I take my starting point from the exclusion of children from the decision-making processes about their lives and education, and draw on the research directions and arguments in the papers to examine how we might think ourselves out of the situation. I argue for a rehabilitation of active dependency as a socially critical approach to how we live together, and consequently we need to be comfortable with strangers and strangeness as an antidote to vision and mission which not only fabricates social practice but also deludes us into social blandness.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Research, Public Education, Quality of Life, Political Attitudes, Politics of Education, Social Attitudes, Social Control, Social Problems, Psychological Patterns, Children, Adolescents, Criticism, Free Enterprise System, School Business Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)