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Vocational education and training in schools and ‘really useful knowledge'

Down, B.ORCID: 0000-0003-4843-0563 (2020) Vocational education and training in schools and ‘really useful knowledge'. In: Steinberg, S.R. and Down, B., (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Critical Pedagogies. SAGE Publications Ltd, pp. 797-810.

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In chronicling the origins of radical education in the United Kingdom between 1790 and 1848, Richard Johnson (1979) invoked the idea of ‘really useful knowledge’ as a way of distancing educative or transformative ideologies from the processes of capitalist schooling and related forms of ‘subjection', ‘servility', ‘slavery’ and ‘surveillance’ (or ‘useless knowledge') (1979: 78). He identified four key aspects of radical education that are pertinent to this chapter. First, it involved a critique of all forms of ‘provided’ education including both state and religious. In other words, radical education was strongly oppositional and revolved around ‘a contestation of orthodoxies’ ...

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): Education
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