Understanding Education

History, Politics and Practice

  • Stephen Kemmis
  • Christine Edwards-Groves

Part of the Springer Texts in Education book series (SPTE)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Stephen Kemmis, Christine Edwards-Groves
    Pages 1-30
  3. Stephen Kemmis, Christine Edwards-Groves
    Pages 65-114
  4. Stephen Kemmis, Christine Edwards-Groves
    Pages 115-158
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 159-164

About this book


This short book provides an introduction to the study of education, outlining the dual purpose of education – to help people live well and to help develop a world worth living in. It argues that education initiates people into forms of understanding, modes of activity, and ways of relating to each other and the world that not only help individuals to live good lives, but also help secure a culture based on reason, productive and sustainable economies and environments, and just and democratic societies. Subsequent chapters address the history of education in the West; explore how education reproduces the practices and forms of life in societies and groups, and also how it transforms them; and introduce the theory of practice architectures to explain what practices are composed of, and how they are enabled and constrained by local and more general conditions and circumstances. The book closes by showing how the theory of practice architectures unfolds to offer a theory of education – a theory that underpins the definition of education offered at the start of the book. Understanding Education is essential reading for anyone interested in the theory and practice of education.


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Authors and affiliations

  • Stephen Kemmis
    • 1
  • Christine Edwards-Groves
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia
  2. 2.School of EducationCharles Sturt UniversityWagga WaggaAustralia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-981-10-6432-6
  • Online ISBN 978-981-10-6433-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2366-7672
  • Series Online ISSN 2366-7680
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