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Postformal Education: Springer 2016



My book ‘Postformal Education: A Philosophy of Complex Futures’ was published in August 2016 by Springer International.

Now available to purchase at Springer International


This is the most compelling book on education I have read for many years. While Jennifer Gidley declares the book is not about teacher education or educational policy, it has major implications for all who are in a position to influence developments in these fields. The book is remarkable for its historical sweep. Gidley is one of the very rare scholars who can write intelligently and accessibly about the past, present and future in education. I was challenged and ultimately convinced by her contention that ‘what masquerades as education today must be seen for what it is – an anachronistic relic of the industrial past’. However, she is a realist in acknowledging that such a relic cannot be changed in the short term: the challenge is to ‘co-evolve’ a radically new education. All who seek to play a part must read this book.

Brian J. Caldwell, PhD, Educational Transformations, former Dean of Education at the University of Melbourne and Deputy Chair, Australian Curriculum, Assessment and Reporting Authority (ACARA)

About the Book:

This book explains why the current education model, which was developed in the 19th century to meet the needs of industrial expansion, is obsolete. It points to the need for a new approach to education designed to prepare young people for global uncertainty, accelerating change and unprecedented complexity.The book offers a new educational philosophy to awaken the creative, big-picture and long-term thinking that will help equip students to face tomorrow’s challenges. Inside, readers will find a dialogue between adult developmental psychology research on higher stages of reasoning and today’s most evolved education research and practice. This dialogue reveals surprising links between play and wisdom, imagination and ecology, holism and love. The overwhelming issues of global climate crisis, growing economic disparity and the youth mental health epidemic reveal how dramatically the current education model has failed students and educators.

This book raises a planet-wide call to deeply question how we actually think and how we must educate. It articulates a postformal education philosophy as a foundation for educational futures.The book will appeal to educators, educational philosophers, preservice teacher educators, educational and developmental psychologists and educational researchers, including postgraduates with an interest in transformational educational theories designed for the complexity of the 21st century.

See the following blog posts for more detail:

Postformal Education

About Postformal Education: A Philosophy for Complex Futures

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