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Understanding Education: Toward a Reconstruction of Educational Inquiry


reviewed by Nicholas C. Burbules 1984

coverTitle: Understanding Education: Toward a Reconstruction of Educational Inquiry
Author(s): Walter Feinberg
Publisher: John Wiley, New York
ISBN: 0521248647, Pages: , Year:
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Jonas Soltis, in his foreword to Feinberg’s book, calls it a “seminal” work, and since Feinberg’s central concern is with social and cultural reproduction, I find this an altogether appropriate Characterization. Feinberg aims at nothing less than a reconstitution of educational inquiry, and he presents the concept of social reproduction as the seed by which all educational scholarship should be conceived. Feinberg argues, centrally, that “the study of education is to be understood as the study of the aims and processes of social reproduction as reflected in the practices of institutions and individuals” (p. 160). He repeatedly insists that educational studies limited to schools and not guided by a broader conception of education will be, on the one hand, too narrow and decontextualized to explain patterns of educational practices across social institutions and, on the other hand, impotent to offer strong criticisms or judgments concerning those practices. A theory of social... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 86 Number 2, 1984, p. 375-378
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 944, Date Accessed: 10/24/2017 7:23:02 AM

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