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The Social Agenda of the School

The Social Agenda of the School (Paperback)

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Schooling is not just about learning new knowledge and skills, it is about preparing young people to take an active role in society and involves 'educating the whole child'. Equally there is a greater understanding of the rights of children now enshrined in legislation associated with educational provision in may systems. In response to changing curricular imperatives and organisational initiatives, schools have developed structures and approaches that offer care and support for individual students and have strived to develop partnerships with parents and major stakeholders. As society changes and schools have become more complex institutions, the nature of that care and support has taken on new forms and meanings. Priorities have changed and teacher conditions of service and management responsibilities are different. This book traces the developments associated with policy initiatives such as guidance and pastoral care; support for learning; the inclusion agenda; new community schools and personal and social education. The Scottish experience is compared and contrasted with developments in the UK and other educational systems.

The book will appeal to all who are concerned with the role played by schools in their wider social context, be they policy makers, school managers, teachers and those seeking to take an active role in social education.

EducationEducation TheoryEducation: care & counselling of studentsEducationEducation TheoryEducational strategies & policyEducationEducation TheoryPhilosophy & theory of educationMoral & social purpose of education Publisher: Dunedin Academic Press Publication Date: 24/09/2009 ISBN-13: 9781903765234  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Jim O'Brien is Vice Dean of the Moray House School of Education and Director of the Centre for Educational Leadership at the University of Edinburgh. He has been a teacher, a lecturer in guidance and pastoral care, and Director of Teacher In-Service with responsibility for teacher CPD. He is the invited President of the International Professional Development Association (IPDA), 2004-2006. He has published in the fields of teacher education and induction, CPD and school improvement, and co-authored an earlier volume in this series - School Leadership.

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