Books you should read?

I was alerted to this list by this tweet.

I’m ashamed to say that I’ve not read many in total (ok, it’s one, and I bet you can guess which one).  I’ve bumped into bits of the others, and ideas from them. That’s not to say that I have not read other books on education – obviously I have, and currently I’m finishing two that I started last year. I tend to read them more slowly – just as I do everything, as I find I really need to understand their arguments.  It’s the same way with books on the philosophy of history.  I once spent an entire evening going over one sentence in Developments in Modern Historiography. I did get it, eventually. I’m a slow reader, just as I am a slow blogger!

So, I wondered what else people might add to the list.

I’ll start with

Social Theory and Education Research: Understanding Foucault, Habermas,Bourdieu and Derrida Edited by Mark Murphy


Reframing Educational Research: Resisting the ‘what works’ agenda edited by Valerie Farnsworth and Yvette Solomon.

Oh, and I bought the Hirsch.

One thought on “Books you should read?

  1. Hi Ed, I’m a slow reader too. I can read quickly but if I’m rushing for some reason my mind starts rushing too… onto other things. One of the first books I read on the politics of education was “Schooling and Social Change 1964-1990” by Roy Lowe. I’d read enough about how people learn by that point and was ready to begin learning about how things have got to where they are. This book was very helpful.

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