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Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level
Policy, theory and practice

ISBN 9781315747750
Published September 25, 2015 by Routledge
230 Pages

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Book Description

There is a growing demand for educational professionals to develop a more critical understanding of the key and emerging debates in education so that they can better meet the challenges and demands placed upon them. Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level represents a range of perspectives from educational experts to academic researchers, and highlights the key issues surrounding contemporary education.

Organised into three parts and drawing on key issues in education theory, policy and practice, the book considers areas such as SEN, evaluating learning, ESOL and gender. Featuring reflective questions, case studies and summaries of core ideas, the chapters include:

  • Troublesome learning journey;
  • Applying educational thinkers to contemporary educational practice;
  • Values production through social and emotional learning;
  • Policy research: In defence ad hocery?;
  • We are all critically reflective now: The politics of critical reflection in higher education and in the work place;
  • Developing critical thought about SEN;
  • The refuge of relativism.

Aimed at supporting students on Masters-level courses, this acessible but critically provocative text is an essential resource for those wishing to develop a more critical understanding of the role, purpose and function of educational systems and practices.

Table of Contents

1. Troublesome Learning Journey

2. Is everyone a Socrates now? A critical look at critical thinking 

Theory Section

3. Applying Ed Thinkers to Contemporary Ed Practice

4. The application of psychological principles within education: appliance of science or pick-n-mix?

5. Educational Anarchy

6. Globalisation, Comparative Education and the Nation State

7. Gender: Stories and Lies - debunking myth and determining reality

8. Values production through social and emotional learning

9. Monitoring and Evaluating Learning

10. The Curriculum: Anyone can teach a dog to whistle 

Policy Section

11. Contemporary Ed Policy

12. Meeting the needs of ESOL and EAL learners: A critical discussion of policy

13. Early Years WFD

14. Why bother with masterliness?

15. Accountability

16. Social Pedagogy

17. Social Class

Practice Section

18. Educational Leadership – developing insight into practice

19. Behaviour Mgt in schools

20. Developing critical thought about SEN

21. Reflective professional practice

22. Children’s Places

23. Constructive Alignment

24. The Refuge of Relativism

25. Conslusion: Education - what’s the point

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Anne O’Grady is Principal Lecturer and Partnership Manager for the School of Education at Nottingham Trent University, UK.

Vanessa Cottle is Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the MA Education at the University of Derby, UK.