New Internationalist books and publications


A small deceptively unassuming volume that packs a huge punch and should be recommended reading on all teacher-training routes. - NUT Teacher magazine.

A perfect quick-start guide on teaching, learning and policy. - Academy Today.

A brilliant little book, which as the title suggests, doesn't mess around and gets to the nitty gritty of what's going in education. It's now a key reading for my students. - Dr Alpesh Maisuria, Senior Lecturer at the University of East London.

This book offers hope for a truly profound re-imagination of education. - Anthony Paré, Professor of Language and Literacy Education, University of British Columbia.

These short books supply us with clear, well-written and memorable analyses that cut to the chase. - Susan George, President of the Board, Transnational Institute.

What is knowledge? Who decides what is important? Who owns it? These are central themes which run through this title which aims to change perceptions and understanding of education. Using historical and contemporary examples the authors examine the motivations, conflicts and contradictions in education. Breaking down the structures, forces and technologies involved they chart an alternative approach.

Education is held to be a universal good and its fundamentals are rarely questioned. Yet the education system increasingly resembles a production line: schools are forced to chase a higher league-table position; students learn to pass tests rather than how to think; teachers, increasingly paid by their pupils’ results, are ground down by the machine. Worse still, new edu-business corporations are rolling out this model to the Global South.

Things could be so different… This NoNonsense book goes back to basics and asks what the point of schooling is. It offers not just inspirational examples but shows the creative, fulfilling work in everyday classrooms that is endangered by current trends. And it holds out the prospect of an education that puts students and teachers first – a source of liberation rather than control.

What is education for? How the market fails our children. Interview with Adam Unwin in Socialist Worker.

John Yandell was featured in The Telegraph discussing the troubling aspects of the government’s vision for education. Available to read online here.

About the Authors

Dr Adam Unwin is a Senior Lecturer in Education at the Institute of Education, University College London. His main work has been in London as a teacher and teacher educator. He is currently programme leader for the Master of Teaching (MTeach) a course specifically for practising teachers. Research interests include new teacher learning, the role of technology in education, work related learning and global development education. Adam has worked on various education projects in the UK and overseas. His postgraduate work includes an MSc in Development Studies and a Doctorate in Education. He has been an active trade unionist throughout his career.

John Yandell taught in London secondary schools for twenty years before moving to the Institute of Education, University College London, where he has worked since 2003. He is the editor of the journal, Changing English, and the author of The Social Construction of Meaning: reading literature in urban English classrooms (Routledge, 2013). Other recent publications include Critical Practice in Teacher Education: a study of professional learning, which he co-edited with Ruth Heilbronn. He edited Socialist Teacher for twelve years and contributes regularly to Education for Liberation. Like Adam, he has been an active trade unionist throughout his working life.

ISBN-13: 978-1-78026-309-0
Publication date: April 2016
Dimensions: 180 mm x 110 mm
Page extent: 144

Date added: November 13, 2015

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  1. #1 Dr Alpesh Maisuria 31 May 16

    A brilliant little book, which as the title suggests, doesn't mess around and gets to the nitty gritty of what's going in education. It's now a key reading for my students.

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