The Palgrave International Handbook of Alternative Education

  • Helen E. Lees
  • Nel Noddings

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Nel Noddings, Helen E. Lees
    Pages 1-13
  3. Thinking Differently

  4. Doing Differently

  5. Acting Differently

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 485-505

About this book


This state-of-the-art, comprehensive Handbook fully explores the field of alternative education on an international scale. Alternatives to mainstream schooling and education are becoming increasingly recognised as pertinent and urgent for better understanding what really works in successfully educating children and adults today, especially in light of the increased performance driven and managerially organised economic modelling of education that dominates. For too long we have wondered what “exactly” education done otherwise might look like and here we meet individual examples as well as seeing what alternative education is when a collection becomes greater than the sum of parts. The Handbook profiles numerous empirical examples from around the world of education being done in innovative and excitingly democratic and autonomous ways from Forest Schools and Home Education through to new technologies, neuroscience and the importance of solitude. The book also sets out important theoretical perspectives to inform us why seeing education through an alternative lens is useful as well as urgently needed. 

Global in its perspective and definitive in content, this one-stop volume will be an indispensable reference resource for a wide range of academics, students and researchers in the fields of Education, Education Policy, Sociology and Philosophy as well as educational practitioners. 


Different Schooling Students School Progressive Child-centred Non-traditional Home schooling Autonomous Home education

Editors and affiliations

  • Helen E. Lees
    • 1
  • Nel Noddings
    • 2
  1. 1.Newman UniversityBirminghamUnited Kingdom
  2. 2.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2016
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Education
  • Print ISBN 978-1-137-41290-4
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-41291-1
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