Review: Birgitta Qvarsell & Christoph Wulf (Eds.) (2003). Culture and Education. European Studies in Education (Volume 16)

  • Wayne Thexton Staffordshire University
Keywords: education research, cultural diversity, inter-disciplinary


This is a book that will be of particular interest to those with interests in education, culture and interdisciplinarity. The book is the product of a German-Swedish collaboration and is introduced as a contribution to understanding the relation be­tween education and culture. To this end, the authors tend to draw on empirical data from German and Swedish contexts, though there are exceptions. The book is presented in two parts—part one covers theory and concepts; part two covers ethnographic research and educational prac­tice. The short chapters cover a wide range of approaches to theorising education-culture relation­ships, whilst there is also a mix of interpretations of the ethnographic research that covers formal and informal education. The book goes some way towards demonstrating how readings of education and culture can be inter-related, though this calls for some work on the part of the reader. The book is finally discussed in relation to collaborative international education research. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0503146


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Wayne Thexton, Staffordshire University
Wayne THEXTON is a research psychologist with the Institute for Access Studies at Staffordshire University. He also works as an independent social and education researcher, writer and community artist. His work reflects interests in lifelong learning, open politics and arts and cultural development.