Finding a balance: cultivating a future

Clarke, Paul and Kelly, Anthony (2011) Finding a balance: cultivating a future. In, Chapman, Christopher, Armstrong, Paul, Harris, Alma, Muijs, Daniel, Reynolds, David and Sammons, Pam (eds.) School Effectiveness and Improvement Research, Policy and Practice: Challenging the Orthodoxy? Abingdon, GB, Routledge, 188-205.


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In 2010, the human race changed from being predominantly rural to predominantly urban. We can now legitimately claim to be an industrial, human-centric, urban species. This industrialisation shapes our economies, our societies and our cultures, and its lexicon of improvement and effectiveness determines how we collectively think and act. More than 3.3 billion people now live in urban environments; by 2030 this is estimated to increase to 5 billion of a global population predicted to peak at around 9 billion mid-century . The dominant narrative of the modern urban world, which forms many of the conditions in the cities we inhabit globally, has emerged from the industrial era, and this narrative is promoted and maintained through an overwhelmingly industrial model of schooling. However, its utilitarianism is showing signs of fatigue; simultaneously with the rise in population, we are witnessing an unprecedented collapse in our global ecosystem and increasing dysfunction in our systems of education, health, politics, finance and agriculture. The established linear capitalist model seems no longer sufficient to provide for a changing reality, which suggests that the way we relate to our world is outdated, destructive and unsustainable, and our solutions predictable, short-term and pathologically selfish.

Item Type: Book Section
ISBNs: 9780415698948 (hardback)
9780415698993 (paperback)
9780203136553 (electronic)
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Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor > HD28 Management. Industrial Management
L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions : Faculty of Social and Human Sciences > Southampton Education School > Leadership, School Improvement and Effectiveness (LSIE)
Faculty of Business and Law > Southampton Business School
ePrint ID: 336159
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6 December 2011Published
Date Deposited: 21 Mar 2012 13:17
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 14:24

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