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A Student's Guide to Education Studies
A Student's Guide

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ISBN 9780415809689
Published November 26, 2012 by Routledge
232 Pages - 6 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

A Student’s Guide to Education Studies is a much-needed resource for any undergraduate making their first explorations into the fascinating world of education. The first publication of this book in 2002 helped to define the nature of the subject, introducing topics into the field which had not been previously considered. This new edition brings the subject up to date with the latest thinking and research on policy, globalisation, learning and knowledge, offering an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to a diverse range of topics and issues in education.

Now fully updated to reflect rapid and significant changes in the field, this third edition considers topical issues including:

  • the political dimension of education,
  • the national debate about schooling and poverty,
  • the marketisation of education,
  • the end of Every Child Matters,
  • the Coalition Government’s policies for academies and free schools. 

Organised around three enduring themes - Education Policy and Politics, Global and Environmental Education, and Learning, Knowledge and the Curriculum - each chapter contains summary points, questions for discussion, and annotated suggestions for further reading.

With a distinctive international and global focus, A Student's Guide to Education Studies is an essential resource for all students of Education Studies.


Table of Contents

Section 1: Policies and politics  1 Education policy and politics  2 Children, families and the state  3 Social mobility and education  4 Poverty, deprivation and educational attainment  5 Gender and educational achievement  6 Education and Race  7 Cultural religious plurality in education  8 Social and educational inclusion  9 Education for democracy  Section 2: Global and environmental education  10 Globalisation and the knowledge economy  11 Education for All and role of multilateralism  12 Convergence and difference in European education systems  13 Information technology and learning in the global knowledge economy  14 Sustainable schools  15 A futures perspective on education  Section 3: Learning, knowledge and the curriculum  16 Knowledge is a dangerous thing: Curriculum and education  17 Young children learning  18 Learning and cognitive theory  19 The ecology of learning  20 Cultural connections in learning  21 Educational Research     

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Stephen Ward was, until 2012, Dean of the School of Education at Bath Spa University, UK, where he led the pioneering Education Studies programme and Teacher Education degree. His research has traced the development of Education Studies as a university degree subject and he was a founder member of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), an academic network for tutors and students.