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A Student's Guide to Education Studies

A Student's Guide, 4th Edition

Edited by Catherine A. Simon, Stephen Ward


240 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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This new edition of A Student’s Guide to Education Studies is an essential resource for any undergraduate making their first explorations into the fascinating world of education. It explores a wide range of alternative visions of education encouraging students to challenge the perceived notions about learning and knowledge.

Offering new perspectives and powerful ideas for discussion on a variety of long-standing topics such as class, race and gender, the book is organised around five enduring themes: Education Policy and Politics, Global and Environmental Education, Knowledge and Learning, Childhood and Youth, Professionalism and Employment. With a distinctive international and global focus, this new edition has been extensively updated to reflect the latest research and thinking in the field and features new chapters on:

  • The sociology of education and the philosophy of education
  • Inclusion
  • Childhood and youth
  • Professionalism and work-based learning
  • Populism in politics


Including summary points, questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading, this book provides the theoretical background needed to carry out a critical analysis of education policy and practice and is an essential resources for all students of Education Studies.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The study of education

Section 1 – Policy and Politics

1 Education Policy and Marketisation – Stephen Ward

2 Education and Social Justice – Catherine Simon

3 Race, Ethnicity and Education in England – Charlotte Chadderton

4 Gender and Work – Christine Eden

5 Education and Social Mobility – Richard Riddell

6 Educational Achievement: An intersectional approach – Christine Eden

7 The Inclusion Agenda in Mainstream Primary Schools? – Zeta Brown and Jo Winwood

Section 2 – Global and Environmental Education

8 International and Comparative Education – Brendan Bartram

9 Globalisation and Populism: Why intercultural education failed – David Coulby

10 Religion and Worldviews in Education – Denise Cush

11 Education and Climate Change – David Hicks

12 Education for Sustainability – David Hicks

Section 3 – Knowledge and Learning

13 The Sociology of Knowledge – Rita Chawla-Duggan

14 Social Psychology and Learning – Cathal O’Siochru

15 Philosophy and Education – Tom Feldges

16 Creative Pedagogy for Empowerment through Expressive Arts – June Bianchi

17 Information Technology and Learning – Kyriaki Anagnostopoulou

Section 4 – Childhood and Youth

18 Early Years Education – Ioanna Palaiologou and Zenna Kingdon

19 The ‘Resilient’ Child: Defining and supporting children’s resilience – Zeta Brown and Jo Winwood

20 Health and Education – Bethan Mitchell

Section 5 – Professionalism and Employment

21 Work-based Learning – Catherine Simon

22 Professionalism – Jim Hordern, Kendra McMahon

Notes on contributors



About the Editors

Catherine A. Simon is a principal lecturer in Education Studies at Bath Spa University, UK.

Stephen Ward is a Professor Emeritus of Education at Bath Spa University, UK.

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