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Key Issues in Education Policy

Un libro in lingua di Stephen Ward Christine Eden edito da Sage Pubns, 2009

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This text for graduate students in education offers a UK perspective on education issues and provides chapter reflection and analysis questions as well as research and writing activities. The first chapter overviews key education legislation and recent policy, then introduces ideas about the politics of education; these ideas are then discussed as a series of controversial issues in the following chapters. Political and economic theory underlying school choice and education in the marketplace are explained, and debates about inequalities in the school system are analyzed. Some specific areas examined are the Labor and Conservative politics behind the emergence of the National Curriculum, the effects of national teaching strategies regulating teachers' methods, and the emergence of education studies as a university subject in reaction to government control of teacher training. The last three chapters of the book look at the way education policies can address the inequalities inherent in society, in the areas of gender, race, religion, poverty, and social class. Each chapter closes with multiple recommended reading, including books, reports, documents, websites, and articles. Ward is dean and Eden is assistant dean of the School of Education at Bath Spa University. Annotation ©2011 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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