Provides insights into domination and ways to counteract it.
Leonardo introduces an integrated theory of ideology that examines its necessary, negative, and positive functions. A three-dimensional theory highlights the concept of ideology during the reform process and links it to domination. Through an ideological critique of reform language, the book provides insights into domination and ways to counteract it.
The movement for educational change lacks a concerted engagement with ideology with respect to school reform. Ideology is a central, structuring concept in education, especially regarding the intractable problem of domination. Race, class, and gender inequalities have become dilemmas that plague many students' chances for academic success, let alone the good life. In addition to constructing ideology as a form of distortion, the book considers it as a necessary mechanism for teachers as they make meaning of their daily experiences as well as a positive force for teachers who combat relations of domination.
This work introduces an integrated theory of ideology that examines its necessary, negative, and positive functions. A three-dimensional theory highlights the concept of ideology during the reform process and links it to educational and social inequality. This work looks at the rhetoric of education reform and ways to counteract it so that the goal of educational equality will be possible for all.
School Reform, Inquiry, and the Problem of Domination Ideology and School Reform: Toward a Three-Dimensional Theory Discourse and the Problem of Change: Toward a Critique of the Sign of Reform Ideology Critique as Method: The Problem of Interpreting Relations of Domination The Tropes of Inquiry: Ideology as Symbolic System The Evasions of Inquiry: Ideology as Distortion The Projections of Inquiry: Ideology as Utopic Vision School Reform and the Uses of Ideology Critique Bibliography
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Endorsements Zeus Leonardo makes a striking argument related to contemporary policy discourses about reform in education. Reform, he maintains is a discourse not about educational change but about its obverse--containment, particularly the containment of society's poor, and minorities. Leonardo writes about difficult issues with wonderful lucidity and sophistication.—Cameron McCarthy^LResearch Professor & University Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Provides us with a sophisticated theory of ideology--a three-dimensional account that considers ideology as a symbolic system, as distortion, and as a utopia. This in itself is a major contribution to our understanding. Leonardo goes further to use his theory in the context of school renewal to understand relations of domination. ^IIdeology, Discourse and School Reform^R is an important book that advances our understanding of how participants in educational change use discourses to construct their own meanings of school reform. In this way it analyses ideology at work. Leonardo's book is a scholarly book that will enlighten its readers to the central importance of language and discourse in education. Ideology critique is not dead!—Michael A. Peters^LResearch Professor, University of Glasgow
Zeus Leonardo has emerged as one of the leading voices on the left of a new generation of critical scholars. His recent book, a lively and innovative exploration of ideology as language in practice, forcefully challenges the ontology of power within the dominant culture of educational criticism. Revealing how the language of educational reform is a form of ideological production, Leonardo establishes a new basis for advancing a critical philosophy of praxis. This book will make a significant contribution to the critical literature on school reform.—Peter McLaren^LGraduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of California, Los Angeles