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Editorial Advisory Board’s ‘Recommended Read’ - April 2017

This April, our Editorial Advisory Board member Professor Jon Nixon has chosen his ‘Recommended Read’: one of our best-selling titles, noteworthy for the contribution it makes to its field. Jon has authored more than a hundred chapters and peer reviewed articles over the last thirty years, and is currently a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Lifelong Learning Research and Development at the Education University of Hong Kong.

Cambridge Scholars Publishing is offering all of our readers a 50% discount on Jon’s pick. To redeem your discount, please enter the promotional code EABAPR17 during checkout. Please note that this is a time-limited offer that will expire on 30th April 2017.

Professor Jon Nixon’s ‘Recommended Read’:

Education in a Society uncertain of its Values: Contributions to Practical Pedagogy

Author: Wolfgang Brezinka.

Uncertainty in value orientations also creates uncertainty in education. Are there ways to escape this dilemma? How can we achieve new clarity on the worldview and moral foundations of education? To what ends should we direct education? With what difficulties should we reckon? What tasks must parents fulfil and which should be assigned to teachers? This book deals with these topics.

We live in a time of immense uncertainty: a time characterised by ‘post-truth’ politics, civil and social unrest, and rabid fanaticism. Wolfgang Brezinka, Emeritus Professor at the University of Konstanz in Germany, has produced a splendid book that prompts us to share the educational and pedagogical implications of these troubled times. It is comprehensive, scholarly, accessible and thought-provoking. It also – notwithstanding its philosophical orientation – focuses on specific instances of educational and pedagogic practice. Readers may find themselves at odds with some elements of Brezinka’s analysis. I for one was unsympathetic towards the Christian orientation of some of the chapters. But the great virtue of this book is that it prompts the reader to take seriously one of the great challenges of our time – namely, how to prepare future generations to live together in a world of difference. This is an important book that will be of interest to all those involved in the education of young people.” 

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