Key Issues in Education Policy

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SAGE Publications, Jul 8, 2009 - Education - 184 pages
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This book deconstructs accepted notions and provides readers with the resources to discuss critically the role of the governments in education and schooling. The book examines government policy in a series of key areas, such as the curriculum, market forces, educational inequality, and race issues. Throughout, it considers the political and economic factors in education policy, introducing some of the fundamental concepts required to analyze the ideologies of education and the state. The authors explore the role of education policy in the context of the general direction of government policy, politics, and the economy, making links with other policy areas such as health, social services, home affairs, and foreign policy. They also explain the nature of government policy in terms of a globalization and the knowledge economy.
  

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Contents

education and the state
1
2 Education in the marketplace
13
3 Inequalities and the school system
33
4 Specialist schools and academies
48
5 The curriculum and state knowledge
65
6 Teaching and assessment
87
7 Teacher training Education Studies and the universities
109
8 Gender and educational policy
120
9 Race religion and social cohesion
135
Every Child Matters
153
Index
177
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Stephen Ward is Head of Education and Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University.

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