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'In editing this collection of alternative approaches to education for estranged young people, te Riele has shone a strong light on the inability of society to adequately respond to the learning needs of all citizens, regardless of background. She has included chapters on e-learning technologies, vocational education, the concept of learning identities, the education of Indigenous students and in her own chapter, what she calls the 'pedagogy of hope'. She discusses a positive culture of learning, focusing on possibility, establishing a community of hope and critical relfection.
I organise a teacher researcher group. Our UK system is constrained by a focus on traditional classes in traditional contexts. this book, albeit from a US perspective, was a breath of fresh air. It was both informative and enjoyable!
Useful for the Special Needs and Inclusion degree programme and also for Education Studies students to reflect on how the environment impacts on learning. Although this text focuses on schooling in the USA, the ideas could be adapted and adopted to Education in the UK. The chapters on the ethics of schooling and pastoral care are particularly relevant in the changing world of education.
My feeling is that this text would be more suited to an undergradute programme than a postgraduate one. As I was looking at this text for a doctoral programme I see the text as more suited to supplementary reading and will suggest as such to my students. I am currently contributing to the development of a new undergraduate programme to start in 2011. Potentially this text could be useful there.
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