1st Edition

Mapping the Field 75 Years of Educational Review, Volume I

Edited By Jane Martin, Marion Bowl, Gemma Banks Copyright 2024

    From its origins in the University of Birmingham’s then Institute of Education in 1948, Educational Review has emerged as a leading international journal for generic educational research. Seventy-five years on, Mapping the Field presents a detailed account of education theory and research, policy, and practice through the lens of some of the key articles published in the journal over this timespan.

    The Foreword written by the journal’s editors in Volume I presents a comprehensive account of the changing context for education scholarship and plots the key events in the development of the journal. The articles in Part I discuss some of the underpinning theories and research methodologies which have guided education researchers and practitioners, both past and present. Parts II and III focus on politics and policymaking in education and on the challenges involved in managing educational practice.

    The articles included in both volumes of Mapping the Field represent a careful selection from the work of scholars whose ideas have been, and continue to be, influential in the field of education. Overall, this major text covers a wide range of topics and offers original insights into educational policy, provision, processes, and practice from around the world.

    Foreword: an intellectual history of educational research

    Jane Martin, Marion Bowl and Gemma Banks

    Part I: Theory and methods in educational scholarship

    Marion Bowl and Jane Martin

    1. Language in a social perspective

    M. K. Halliday

    2. Phenomenological perspectives and the sociology of the school

    Roger Dale

    3. The sociology of Pierre Bourdieu

    John Kennett

    4. Challenges facing educational research: Educational Review Guest Lecture 2005

    Andrew Pollard

    5. Understanding learning cultures

    Phil Hodkinson, Gert Biesta and David James

    6. Measuring privatisation in education: methodological challenges and possibilities

    Emily Winchip, Howard Stevenson and Alison Milner 

    Part II: Politics and policymaking

    Marion Bowl and Jane Martin

    7. Finding more time for the study of freedom

    W. O. Lester Smith

    8. Where stands educational policy towards the poor?

    Philip Robinson

    9. Doing things the ‘right’ way: legitimating educational inequalities in conservative times

    Michael W. Apple

    10. Global citizenship: abstraction or framework for action?

    Lynn Davies

    11. Does addressing prejudice and discrimination through Holocaust education produce better


    Paula Cowan and Henry Maitles

    12. “Education as the practice of freedom?” – prison education and the pandemic

    Kate O’Brien, Hannah King, Josie Phillips, Dalton, Kath and Phoenix

    Part III: Leadership and management

    Marion Bowl and Jane Martin

    13. Becoming Career Ambitious: the career strategies of married women who became primary headteachers in the 1960s and 1970s

    Julia Evetts 

    14. Education policy, distributed leadership and socio‐cultural theory

    David Hartley 

    15. How does the new emphasis on managerialism in education redefine teacher professionalism? A case study in Guangdong Province of China

    Jocelyn L. N. Wong

    16. Beyond anonymity and the every-day: celebrity and the capture of educational leadership

    Tanya Fitzgerald and Julia Savage 

    17. “That would be my red line”: an analysis of headteachers’ resistance of neoliberal education reforms

    Kay Fuller 

    18. “Being” a Head of Department in an English University

    Megan Crawford


    Jane Martin is Professor of Social History of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is Director of the Domus Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Histories of Education and Childhood, and Executive Editor of Educational Review. Her most recent book is Gender and Education in England since 1770: A social and cultural history (2022) and is currently writing the biography of author, teacher, and socialist Caroline DeCamp Benn (1926-2000).

    Marion Bowl is Honorary Senior Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Birmingham, UK. She is an academic, teacher and community worker, and Book Reviews Editor of Educational Review.

    Gemma Banks holds numerous roles in academic publishing, including Editorial Administrator for the Journal of Moral Education, Social Media Manager for the Journal of Global Security Studies, and Journal Manager of Educational Review.