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1st Edition

Risk Society and School Educational Policy

ISBN 9780367585877
Published June 30, 2020 by Routledge
226 Pages

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Book Description

Risk Society and School Educational Policy explores the impact of risk society on policy in the US, UK and Australia through both practical and theoretical perspectives. The book develops an in-depth understanding of risk society itself, and guides the reader in applying this knowledge to the problem of how this impacts policy and practice in school education.

Drawing on work by Ulrich Beck and Anthony Giddens, Rodwell explores the development of risk society as a field of interest, discussing its history, contemporary significance and links with neoliberalism, school education, and both mainstream and social media. He also examines its impact on government policies and the practical implications of how this impacts the educational experiences of children around the globe today.

A book for policy professionals, researchers, academics and postgraduate students interested in Education Studies, Theory and Policy, and International and Comparative Education, Risk Society and School Educational Policy is the first international academic monograph published in the field.

Table of Contents



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Chapter One The looming presence of risk society

Chapter Two Risk society theory arrives

Chapter Three Young people and families living in risk society

Chapter Four Risk society theory, neoliberalism, school education, mainstream and social media

Chapter Five National governments respond

Chapter Six National standardised testing and reporting

Chapter Seven National curricular

Chapter Eight Teachers, universities and teacher preparation

Chapter Nine Contexts: bringing it together


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Grant Rodwell is an Adjunct Research Academic at the School of Education at the University of Tasmania, Australia.