Social Geographies of Educational Change

  • F. Hernandez
  • I. F. Goodson

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Educational change: from the analysis of conditions of achieving to the relevance of personal biographies

    1. Michael Fullan, Carol Rolheiser, Blair Mascall, Karen Edge
      Pages 1-13
  3. Beyond School Walls: creating networks in education

  4. Gazes on education protagonists

  5. Looking Technology from the other Side of the Mirror

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 169-173

About this book


Social Geographies, as spatial location, is a factor relevant to understanding the variety of people’s interpretations and appropriations of educational innovations and changes. Their location in the social space also influences their response to change. In the field of educational change, social space means for example, skin colour, gender distribution of teachers in one school, children’s self-cultural representations or parents’ religious attitudes.

By using the notion of Social Geographies in the context of educational change, the authors address the following questions:

How initiatives in a classroom or department are influenced by the surrounding context of the school, the district or the nation;

How innovation spreads or diffuses from one school to another;

How and whether reforms can be scaled up from a few schools to a whole system;

How seemingly standardised reforms affect schools differently depending on where they are located;

How schools influence one another;

How the identities of, and interrelationships among, schools are affected by technology, principles of market competition and choice, and other initiatives.

This volume is relevant to educationalists, policy-makers, teachers, and students interested in a more complex approach to understand and intervene in educational change processes.


Interpretation curriculum education

Editors and affiliations

  • F. Hernandez
    • 1
  • I. F. Goodson
    • 2
  1. 1.University of BarcelonaSpain
  2. 2.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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