'Written with education studies students in mind, this book would also be a useful handbook for practising education professionals seeking insight into the political context of the settings within which they work...This is not a 'how to' text: the reader tasks enable reflection and understanding, rather than suggesting action - an approach which I personally find refreshing...This text performs its function well and enables readers to gain insight and understanding of aspects of education which we cannot afford to ignore' - Learning and Teaching Update
"The book is far-reaching in its scope and critical vision."
Key topics discussed and clearly examined- highly beneficial for students looking to reflect on the impact of policy in today's climate; further information though regarding the Welsh side of education policy would be beneficial in future
A must for anyone looking at educational issues. This book is informative, crtitical and challenges the status quo.
Very good resource for anyone wishing to research any issues within education sectors policies.
A recommended read for undergraduates at all levels who are interested in social justice and the role of educational policy.
Excellent book which will assist all students embarking on their training in teacher education.
This text is more very easy to understand and jargon free for students of education policy, however I am not recommending it for my students as it is very heavily focused on the UK system, with a lot of specifically UK statistics and examples which my Irish students may find off putting for a core text.
Interesting text that provides some very useful supplementary information- particularly for top-end students
An excellent overview of key education polic, ideal for even the most policy averse student
Whilst the book is very informative, it did not meet the requirements of the programme in enough accuracy.
This text offers and in-depth insight into the key issues of education policy and maps these back within a historical, social, cultural and political contexts. A particularly good chapter on Gender and Education Policy - very informative
An excellent text book for learners in the PGCE in compulsory education who need to learn the key aspects of how education has evolved over the years from the 1970’s to the present day. The sub-headings make the book easy to use and help in locating required information easily.
All chapters begin with a useful if somewhat small introduction. At the end of each chapter the book contains a small conclusion for the chapter, a list of recommended reading and references which is a useful inclusion.
I thoroughly enjoyed the book, and have found it useful for both second year Cert Ed/PGCE students and those undertaking BAEd studies.
I found it highly readable, very interesting and it would give any reader a very good grounding in the political involvement in education, which in turn is very useful for students working on Curriculum studies and the concept of Professionalism. It is a very good book for staff to have and use for reference. I must admit it will become one that I refer to again and again.
At last a book that enables students to engage critically with the policy framework. As a volume, it models to students how they can get beyond taking policy at face value, and see it as a contested and messy set of processes. However, because the context is almost entirely England, we will have to do a lot of translating to help them apply such a frame to the Scottish policy context which is very significantly different. The chapter on Education and the State makes some claims that are plain wrong in relation to Scotland.
Some useful section, but depends on which module students have selected. Covers the main issues of education policy.
Have ordered five more copies for the library.
Excellent overview with comprehensive recommended readings and bibliography
Education policy is a moving feast at the moment. Much of which is contained in here is already out of date. Awaiting a new edition with the new administration.
An excellent book with appropriate information at this level for students looking at education policy
This book arrived just as one of my colleagues was about to teach a module in Education Policy. He seemed pretty impressed with it and indicated it will be adopted for the module.
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