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ERIC Number: EJ900863
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-0013-189X
What's Culture Got to Do with It? Educational Research as a Necessarily Interdisciplinary Enterprise
Cole, Michael
Educational Researcher, v39 n6 p461-470 Aug-Sep 2010
The author examines the role of culture in education in historical perspective to suggest the conditions required to promote generalized educational reform. Although deliberate instruction appears to be a ubiquitous characteristic of human beings, schools arise only when large numbers of people begin to live in close proximity, using technologies that create economic surpluses. Schooling is associated with the development of institutionalized hierarchies, modes of cultural transmission associated with writing and record keeping, and increased political-economic disparities within societies. The author examines several strategies for seeking change in the cultural foundations of schooling. He offers suggestions for why such strategies appear to have limited impact, and he discusses changes in global conditions that might lead to generalized educational reform. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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