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Spatial Theories of Education: Policy and Geography Matters


reviewed by Elizabeth Ellsworth - May 07, 2008

coverTitle: Spatial Theories of Education: Policy and Geography Matters
Author(s): Kalervo N. Gulson and Colin Symes
Publisher: Routledge/ Taylor & Francis, New York
ISBN: 0415403952, Pages: 287, Year: 2007
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In Spatial Theories of Education, editors and contributors explore possible meanings and uses of the "spatial turn" for educational policy. Acknowledging that educational theorists tend "to be the followers of broad epistemological trends or 'turns' rather than their creators" (p. 1), the editors set out not only to follow spatial turns in the humanities and social sciences--but also to extend them into and through educational theory. With the diverse, interdisciplinary studies that they present here, they attempt to open new directions for educational researchers and policy makers. "The spatial turn" refers to a broad re-thinking that is currently taking place in fields as diverse as the history of science, comparative education, human geography, sociology, philosophy and theology. Of course, spatial metaphors have circulated in a number of disciplines that have informed educational research (base/superstructure, "high" and "low" culture, "subject position," the "politics of location," "standpoint epistemology). But the spatial turn... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: May 07, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15247, Date Accessed: 4/9/2020 7:38:39 PM

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  • Elizabeth Ellsworth
    The New School
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    ELIZABETH ELLSWORTH is a Professor in the Media Studies Program and faculty member of the Graduate Certificate in Documentary Media Studies at The New School, New York. Research and teaching areas include design of mediated learning environments and uses of media to teach about and across social and cultural difference. Her recent publications include Places of Learning: Media, Architecture, Pedagogy (Routledge, 2004). Her current work draws from emerging theories of change and pragmatic action to address how humans use media to do things in the world. As a co-founder of a nonprofit media arts collaboration (www.smudgestudio.org), she is translating the results of her research and writing into a variety of media forms, exhibitions, and projects.
 
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