Contemporary Debates in Education Studies gives the reader a vital and nuanced understanding of the key debates surrounding the field of education today. Exploring important educational themes such as issues of sexuality, extremism and mental health through a variety of viewpoints, this wide-ranging book questions what the nature and purpose of education are, and how this can be understood in contemporary contexts.
From eradicating child poverty in schools, to considering how education should rise to the challenge of the digital world, the book covers an extensive range of topics designed to inspire discussion and debate. Examining a variety of perspectives, each chapter looks at these topics through key research, thinkers, theorists and policies, and, featuring discussion questions and case studies throughout, it forms a truly accessible and interactive guide to the issues that can not only help students access the debates, but also provide lecturers with questions to stimulate seminar discussions.
Challenging current thinking on a number of topics, this book’s original and distinctive ideas consider how education should meet some of the trials and tribulations of the 21st century, and its wide-reaching and all-encompassing discussion will be essential reading for all students on undergraduate and postgraduate education studies courses.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: the nature and purpose of education in contemporary society by Jennifer Marshall
- Child poverty: trends, causes, and responses by Dr. Ihsan Caillau-Foster
- Terrorism, extremism, and radicalisation by Dr. Ihsan Caillau-Foster
- The Marketization of education by Trevor Cotterill
- Creativity in the classroom by Dr. Matt Edinger
- The NEET debate by Jade Murden
- Sexuality and education by Trevor Cotterill
- Special Educational Needs and Disability: Categorisation and Naming by Dr. Deborah Robinson
- Self-harm – dispelling the myths by Ang Davey & Anna Davey
- The mental health needs of refugee pupils by Shirley Hewitt
- The role of education in resilience by Andy Marshall
- Education and the digital world by Tom Staunton
- The future of education by Vanessa Cottle and Dr. Anne O’Grady
Jennifer Marshall is Senior Lecturer in Education Studies and MA Education, University of Derby, UK.