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Education Studies

Education Studies
An Issue Based Approach

Third Edition
Edited by:

March 2014 | 264 pages | Learning Matters
Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

What is Education?
The Mystery of Learning
The Early Years
Schools and Classrooms
The School Curriculum
Community Education: Innovation and Active Intervention
The Learning and Skills Sector
The Nature of Higher Education
Alternatives to Formal Schooling
Variations in the UK: Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland
Education and the Economy
Gender and Education
Race and Education
From Special Needs to Inclusive Education
Faith in Education: What Place for Faith Communities in Schools
Education for Citizenship and Democracy
The Impact of New Media Technologies
Global Citizenship and Comparative Education

The integration of contemporary issues and educational change contextualises how social, political and economic factors contribute to education agendas. The succinct issues provide opportunities for students to consider questions and use these to initiate and shape discussions.

Ms Lorraine Anne Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
November 4, 2016

This is a very comprehensive guide to education studies. The text book is up to date, with a broad spectrum and covers many contemporary issues in education. I will be recommending it to my education students.

Ms Lisa Vickerage-Goddard
Faculty of Education, Newman University
August 2, 2016

This publication has been well edited to bring together a range of very current topics that are all applicable to learners studying an educational based academic programme. It successfully contains enough detail about all of the key conceptual areas of compulsory education (Key stages 1-5) without leaving you floundering. The chapters focus on the core salient requirements with the 'research boxes' allowing you to be guided on further depth of study should you wish.

I thought the two sections on 'alternatives to main stream education' and 'devolved education? Policy in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland' also helped with general knowledge and to a certain extent employability, but other than some implied paragraphs spaced around various chapters, was a section that I feel could have been added to increase the value of this publication to the learners as the vast majority of Higher Education academic courses in education studies have this now as a core element.
That said we will be adding this book to our initial recommended reading list for the first year undergraduates.

Mr Neil Barnes
Education Department, Colchester Institute
September 28, 2015

Variety of topics which are well written and provide an excellent basis for seminars. The pause for thought questions also allow learners to further develop their knowledge and understanding of topics of interest.

Mrs Tracey Dobbs
School of Care, Blaenau Gwent Learning Zone
June 26, 2015

good resource

Miss Amy Yorke
Health and Social Care, Warrington Collegiate
February 16, 2015

An informative and engaging text that will provide students with a broad understanding of key issues within education.

Ms Lis Bundock
Education, Brighton University
November 16, 2014

A very helpful book which provides valuable information and discussion points for our second year students.

Mrs Elizabeth Coates
Warwick Institute of Education, Warwick University
September 24, 2014

A very good book that discusses a variety of contemporary issues in education

Mr Michael Hobson
School of Education, St Mary's University College
June 13, 2014

This book covers a range of current educational issues, while providing some background information, which allows students to gain an insight to policies and practice.
The ‘Pause for thought’ sections are an excellent feature, which will encourage students to critically reflect on information. It also provides questions that can be discussed in groups to develop students’ reflective skills, while also gaining and considering alternative points of view.

Mrs Ruth Davies
Childhood and Family Studies ppA8, Glyndwr University
May 30, 2014

A wide range of contemporary issues relating to diverse areas of education presented in a critically thought provoking manner.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
Institute of Health, Medical Science & Society, Glyndwr University
May 19, 2014

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