Spaces for Solidarity and Individualism in Educational Contexts

Johansson, Eva & Berthelsen, Donna C. (Eds.) (2012) Spaces for Solidarity and Individualism in Educational Contexts. ACTA Universitatis Gothoburgensis, Gothenburg .

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Abstract

Foreword

For children and youth, as citizens in a society, being a part of educational systems means being involved in a community. Through participation in educational systems, there is important learning about the self and others, both for individual development and social solidarity. Individual development and social solidarity are interrelated. These are important values in education at all levels. Individuals are social beings and are necessarily interdependent on others. Nevertheless, individualism and social solidarity are values that sometimes can diverge and come into conflict. These values can be defined and interpreted in various ways. In a time of neo-liberalism, for example, where individual choices and rights are put at the forefront of the societal and educational discourses in many countries it is relevant to raise questions on how issues of solidarity and individualism are interpreted and negotiated in education. What kind of shape and definitions do these concepts take when schools and preschools live under the intense pressures for the accountability of educational outcomes(Biesta, 2009)? Under what conditions can values, such as solidarity and individualism, co-exist and develop in multicultural and globalized societies, without one dominating the other...

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ID Code: 58028
Item Type: Book
Keywords: solidarity, inclusion, education
ISBN: 9789173467186
ISSN: 0436-1121
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified (130399)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Current > Schools > School of Early Childhood
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Eva Johansson
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2013 22:54
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 15:15

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