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Education: The Basics

1st Edition

By Kay Wood


174 pages

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Everyone knows that education is important, we are confronted daily by discussion of it in the media and by politicians, but how much do we really know about education? Education: The Basics is a lively and engaging introduction to education as an academic subject, taking into account both theory and practice. Covering the schooling system, the nature of knowledge and methods of teaching, this book analyses the viewpoints of both teachers and pupils. Key questions are answered, including:

  • What is education and what is it for?
  • Where does education take place?
  • How do we learn?
  • Who are the students?
  • What is being taught in schools and universities and why?
  • What is the state of education across the world?

With further reading throughout, Education: The Basics is essential for all those embarking on undergraduate courses in Education and Education Studies, and for those with an involvement in teaching at all levels.


‘This is a comprehensive and provocative overview of education today, yesterday and tomorrow, which addresses those issues that many educators would rather avoid.’ - Eleanore Hargreaves, London University Institute of Education

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction 1.Education and schooling 2.What are the purposes of schooling? 3.Who are the students? 4.What are we teaching students in schools and universities and why? 5.Teaching, learning and assessment 6.Alternative views of education 7.Education and the World. Further Reading. Bibliography

About the Author

Kay Wood recently retired as Head of the Department of Education and Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University. She has experience of secondary teaching and in-school training, and for twelve years acted as Access tutor, promoting wider access to education at all levels. Her primary research interests are international education, the sociology of education and education policy.

About the Series

The Basics

The Basics is a highly successful series of accessible guidebooks which provide an overview of the fundamental principles of a subject area in a jargon-free and undaunting format.

Intended for students approaching a subject for the first time, the books both introduce the essentials of a subject and provide an ideal springboard for further study. With over 50 titles spanning subjects from Artificial Intelligence to Women’s Studies, The Basics are an ideal starting point for students seeking to understand a subject area.

Each text comes with recommendations for further study and gradually introduces the complexities and nuances within a subject.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Secondary