Perspectives on Comprehensive Education
Volume One

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[Note: This book is a reprint of the text of Vol 109, Number 7, July 2007 of the Teachers College Record, Teachers College, Columbia University]

This work adds to the scholarship in the field by exploring educational processes in the broadest manner and from a variety of disciplinary orientations. At its core is the challenge it issues: what sort of research should one conduct if s/he believes the commonly held idea that education is a broader process that it is made to be when one takes schooling as a paradigmatic institution of education?


From the Editors’ Foreword
“. . . a sample of work by young scholars in anthropology coming together to illustrate the kinds of human activity which any theory of education should take into account.”

Table of Contents

Foreword to the Series
General Introduction
Alternative Anthropological Perspectives on Education Framework - Hervé Varenne
Public Education and the Education of the Public – Lawrence A. Cremin
Difficult Collective Deliberations: Anthropological Notes Toward a Theory of Education - Hervé Varenne
I. Local Education into Cultural Conditions
Introduction to Part I: Local Education into Cultural Conditions - Hervé Varenne
Hidden Education among African Americans during Slavery – Grey Gundaker
Human Capital or Human Connections? The Cultural Meanings of Education in Brazil – Lesley Bartlett
Enclothing Identity: A Hmong Girl’s Journey into the Politics of Identification in Thailand – Tracy Johnson
Is Music ‘Haram’? Jordanian Girls Educating Each Other About Nation, Faith and Gender in School – Fida Adely
On Sentimental Education among American College Students – Portia Sabin
II. Renewed Educative Constitutions of Future Conditions
Introduction to Part II: Renewed Educative Constitutions of Future Conditions - Hervé Varenne
The Cockpit’s Empty Chair: Education through Appropriating Alienation at a Chicago Technology Museum – Anne Lorimer
(Mis-) Education into American Racism – Linda Lin
Regrading the Eighth Grade: Disciplining those who Discipline in a Jesuit Middle School of the American Midwest – James Mullooly
Hard of Hearing in Sweden: Educating about and for Pathology – Alison Stratton
Outspoken Indigenes and Nostalgic Migrants: Maori and Samoan Educating Performances in an Aotoearoa New Zealand Cultural Festival – Ilana Gershon and Solonaima Collins
From John Dewey to an Anthropology of Education –Ray McDermott and Jason Raley
Toward a Comprehensive System of Education – Ed Gordon and Michael Rebell