1st Edition

Understanding Education and Economics Key Debates and Critical Perspectives

Edited By Jessie Bustillos Morales, Sandra Abegglen Copyright 2020
    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    138 Pages
    by Routledge

    Understanding Education and Economics explores the multiple ways in which the field of education and schooling has become closely aligned with economic imperatives and interests, and the impact of this on learning and teaching. In particular, the increasing influence of economic arguments, economic ideologies and government involvement in education have made apparent that there is a need to reflect and talk about economic influences and trends in education.

    Drawing on the expertise of educationalists around the world, the book articulates key debates and theoretical perspectives which can give both students and staff across several courses within the study of education a framework for discussing and analysing how economics defines and shapes the nature and purposes of education. The chapters offer discussions and reflections on key issues, including:

    • the historical developments that led to the creation of a formal education system in England and Wales;
    • the ways in which neoliberalism underpins education, including the coercion of education to serve economic needs;
    • the economics of the university as an institution.

    Addressing philosophical, sociological, historical, psychological and social issues in education and encouraging readers to pose questions about the nature of education, this book is a valuable resource for students and staff alike and will allow them to broaden perspectives on what education could be for, and what it should be for.


    1. Introduction: How can we make sense of the influence of economics in education?

    Jessie A. Bustillos Morales and Sandra Abegglen - London Metropolitan University

    2 Historicizing the education of Economics and its methods

    Esther Mirjam Sent - Department of Economics, Radboud University, Sam de Muijnck - Department of Economics, Radboud University, Roel Grol - Department of Education, HAN University of Applied Sciences

    3 Mass Elementary Schooling and an Economic History of Childhood

    David Blundell - London Metropolitan University

    4 The fading away of learning and the rise of economic imperatives

    Dr Stuart Isaacs - London Metropolitan University

    5 Problematising education as ‘useful for the economy’ Eleonora Pedron - Comunità Filosofica Femminile Diotima, University of Verona

    6 A Bernsteinian analysis of economic ideologies present in educational policies

    Victor Pitsoe, Dr Moeketsi Letseka, Matsephe Martha Letseka - College of Education, University of South Africa (UNISA)

    7 Illusions of ‘choice’

    Kelly Power - King’s College London

    8 Inequalities, Precariousness and Education: Schooling Precarious Workers

    Brian McDonough - London Metropolitan University

    9 Universities: Knowledge, the Market and the State

    Stephen Ward - Bath Spa University

    10 An exploration of human capital theory and its impact on the world of education

    Halil Buyruk - University of Ankara

    11 Problematising Work in Schooling

    Erin Adams - Kennesaw State University

    12 Undoing the co-opting of education through a humanizing pedagogy: a Pakistani case study

    Areesha Banglani - Utrecht University

    13 Infant masculinities, economic discourses and human flourishment in the field of education

    Maria de Eguia Huerta - Central University of Catalonia

    14 Conclusion: What does economics offer to the analysis of education?

    Jessie A. Bustillos Morales and Sandra Abegglen - London Metropolitan University


    Jessie A. Bustillos Morales is a senior lecturer in Education Studies and course leader of Education and Social Policy at London Metropolitan University, UK.

    Sandra Abegglen is a researcher at the University of Calgary, Canada.