Culture and Pedagogy: International Comparisons in Primary Education

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Against the background of globalization and campaigns to provide basic education for all the world's children, this title compares primary and elementary schooling in England, France, India, Russia and the United States. It is structured around three levels of analysis: systems, school and classrooms.

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'A magnificent book...A fresh charter for comparative studies ineducation...Rich analyses of classroom discourse illustrate thesubtle ways culture and discourse come together aspedagogy...Nobody interested in the meaning of education indifferent cultures can ignore this book.' Professor JeromeBruner, NYU

'This eagerly awaited study of pre-adolescent schooling willsurface quickly as a distinguished, ambitious, comparative analysisof core classroom and instructional issues. There exist fewgenuinely comparative educational studies, because such work is sochallenging and expensive. It is rare for a scholar to takeProfessor Alexander's posture towards international work and pursueso successfully a set of common questions in pressing forcomparable understandings in a diverse group of nations.'Michael W Sedlak, Michigan State University

'This book is unique in offering thick descriptions of educationin five countries combined with a sophisticated analyticalframework. The uniqueness and boldness of this project thus liesnot only in the fact that the author is dealing with five verydifferent education systems, but that he aspires to use these fivecases to generate some basic laws or principles of pedagogy whichtranscend culture and at the same time are intricately tied up withculture.' Joseph Tobin, University of Hawaii

'Robin Alexander's vast and wonderful book ... should instantlybecome the property of every primary school in the land. Every pageof this strikingly well-written, pungently critical and generouslyhumane study testifies to the author's stamina as well as to hisintelligence. A work certain to become canonical in manyfields'.
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'This is an unusually stimulating, well-argued and comprehensivebook, and it deserves a very wide readership. It goes far beyondthe realm of interest of comparative education, and in fact usesthe discipline of comparative studies to express a detailed, cogentand striking critique of the theory and practice of primaryeducation in England, while painting a convincing and knowledgeablepicture of primary schools in Michigan, India, France and Russia.Schools in all five of these parts of the world illuminate and areilluminated by each other. The research on which the study is basedis truly massive: substantial videotaping of lessons and exhaustiveand perceptive analysis of what went on, interviews withpractitioners and educationalists, study of a bibliography of abouta thousand items. Most striking of all, the presiding intelligenceof Professor Alexander provides a strong, but immensely complexattitude, a standpoint from which the data are analysed, and aseries of authoritative conclusions which merit very closeconsideration.

'This is a gloriously opinionated book. It subjects the wholeworld of education theory, ideology and practice to a witheringanalysis. No reader comes out without having his cherished ideasquestioned, or even, perhaps, mocked. For this reason, the bookwould be immensely useful to any thoughtful teacher and anytrainee-teacher - and not only in the primary field, either.Alexander's devastating remarks about certain writers and activistsmake enjoyable reading.'
J.Y.Muckle, University of Nottingham, Education in Russia, theIndependent States and Eastern Europe, Vol. 19, No. 1, Spring2001.

'This innovative, important book is on the cutting edge ofcomparative education research. Highly recommended for theintelligent general reader as well as advanced students andprofessionals.' Choice, September 2001, Vol 39.

'The book is beautifully written...a fascinating read.' ColinRichards, St. Martin's College, Journal of Education for Teaching, Vol. 27, 2001

"Robin Alexander's aspirations for this long book are monumental[...] his work contributes to our better understanding of thenature of teaching and learning, and it should be welcomed in thatregard." Marlaine Lockheed, Manager, Evaluation Group, WorldBank Institute, Comparative Education Review, May 2002

"an extraordinarily ambitious book...Culture and Pedagogywould be an excellent comprehensive text for a variety ofComparative Education and Anthropology and Education Classes(particularly methods classes and classes focusing onglobalization). the multi-methodological approach and the emergentthemes informing each chapter expand the possible scope and breadthfor future studies in comparative education." ThuyDaojensen and Karen Anijar, Arizona State University, Anthropologyand Education Quarterly, Vol. 34, June 2003

"The book offers a good example of how data can be collected andanalyzed simultaneously on multiple levels to paint a rich andnuanced picture of how schools work and how the daily work ofteachers and pupils links to national policy. It encourages us torealize that, although there may not be 800 distinctive words forschool in each culture, there are in fact different grammars ofschooling that reflect cultural differences and that strive to dealfrom those different foundations with essential issues of control, identity, and induction into a larger culture of speakers, readers, and writers." Stephen T. Kerr, University of Washington, APAReview of Books, December 2003

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Against the background of globalization and campaigns to providebasic education for all the world's children, Culture andPedagogy compares primary and elementary schooling in England, France, India, Russia and the United States. It explores the waysin which children's educational experiences are shaped notjust by classroom circumstances and the decisions of the teacher, but also by school values and organization, by local pressures, national policies and political control and - suffusing allthese - by culture and history.

Culture and Pedagogy combines comparative and historicalenquiry with intensive analysis of school and classroom life topresent a novel and illuminating account of pedagogy. The book alsotransfers into the international arena themes for which theauthor's earlier work is well known: the interplay of policy, politics and practice; the quest for resilient models of teachingand learning the subtle dynamics of schools and classrooms; and therich learning potential of talk between teachers and children; andthe challenge of judging 'good' and 'effective' educationalpractice.

Culture and Pedagogy is clearly structured around threelevels of analysis: systems, school and classrooms. Extensivelyillustrated with figures, table s, photographs, lesson summariesand teaching extracts, the book is an essential resource for thosewho are committed to understanding pedagogy, exploring culture, andimproving primary education.

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