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Education Studies
The Key Concepts

ISBN 9781138957824
Published October 12, 2017 by Routledge
336 Pages

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Book Description

Written by educational specialists and including over fifty interdisciplinary entries, this essential compendium offers accessible, detailed definitions of the core concepts typically explored on undergraduate Education Studies courses.

Its interactive design clarifies topics at an introductory, intermediate and advanced level, supporting students across the three years of their undergraduate study. The history and evolution of each concept is outlined with concepts practically grouped around four interrelated key educational categories - the personal, philosophy, practice and power. Key academic debates and points of contest are explored, reference to real-life educational examples are offered, and reflective questions and further reading scaffold critical engagement.

Education Studies: The Key Concepts is a bookshelf must-have, moving readers towards a coherent stance based on theory and research. It is an easy-to-use resource for anyone looking to better understand education. It is also useful for those researching education at postgraduate level to broaden their educational knowledge base outside their specific foci.

Table of Contents

Introduction and guide to using the book


Key Concept: Imagination

Key Concept: Performativity

Key Concept: Adult education

Key Concept: Creativity

Key Concept: Psychoanalysis

Key Concept: Transformation

Key Concept: Family

Key Concept: Childhood

Key Concept: Relationships

Key Concept: Motivation

Key Concept: Neuroscience

Key Concept: Behaviour

Key concept: Consent

Key Concept: Gender

Key Concept: Identity

Key Concept: Attachment

Key Concept: Sexuality


Key Concept: Ethics

Key Concept: Ontology

Key Concept: Epistemology

Key Concept: Literacy

Key Concept: Bildung

Key Concept: Critical theory

Key Concept: Educational Theory


Key Concept: Pedagogy

Key Concept: Unschooling

Key Concept: Pastoral Welfare

Key Concept: Alternative Education

Key Concept: Curriculum

Key Concept: Elective Home Education

Key Concept: Profession

Key Concept: Care

Key Concept: Democratic Education

Key Concept: Inclusion

Key Concept: Diversity

Key Concept: Play

Key Concept: Special Educational Needs

Key Concept: Education Research

Key Concept: Assessment

Key Concept: Exclusion

Key Concept: School

Key Concept: Learning

Key Concept: Technology


Key Concept: Equality

Key Concept: Hegemony

Key Concept: Society

Key Concept: Social Capital

Key Concept: Power

Key Concept: Social Justice

Key Concept: Law

Key Concept: Politics

Key Concept: Colonialism

Key Concept: Class

Key Concept: Policy

Key Concept: Race

Key Concept: Selection

Key Concept: Silence


List of contributors in alphabetical order by surname

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Dave Trotman is Professor of Education Policy, Newman University, Birmingham, UK.

Helen E. Lees is Reader in Alternative Education Studies, Newman University, Birmingham, UK.

Roger Willoughby is Senior Lecturer in Education and Professional Studies, Newman University, Birmingham, UK.


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Professor of Education, Newman University, Birmingham

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Helen E. Lees

Reader in Alternative Education Studies, Newman University
Birmingham, West Midlands, United Kingdom

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