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Key Issues in Education and Social Justice

Key Issues in Education and Social Justice

August 2012 | 176 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
'This excellent book considers the extent to which policy and practice, particularly in the UK, have led to a more equitable education system and ultimately to a fairer society. The ideas and arguments are extremely accessible, wide-ranging and well-informed. A welcome addition to the reading list and one that I can highly recommend' - Jane Bates, Programme Leader fo Education Studies, Manchester Metropolitan Univeristy


Inequalities can be experienced in different forms, from birth to school experiences to the many different modes of learning as we grow up.


This book focuses on educational experience as a lifelong and society-wide issue. The author draws on research, policy and contemporary thinking in the field to provide a comprehensive guide to the educational inequalities that may exist and persist throughout an individual's educational course.


Providing an international perspective on different ethnic, gender and social groups, the book covers a broad range of issues, including:


- theoretical, policy and research developments in the area

- inequalities that may exist during the years of schooling

- government policy

- beyond the school classroom


This book is essential reading for undergraduate students on Education-Studies programmes. It is also useful for students on Masters and Initial Teacher Education programmes.


Emma Smith is Reader in Education at the University of Birmingham

An Introduction to Education and Social Justice
Social Justice and Inequality
Good Schools for All: Schooling and Social Justice
Falling Standards and Failing Students? Inequalities in Student Outcomes
Included or Excluded? Social Justice and Special Educational Needs
Pupils' Experiences of Social Justice in School
Higher Education and Social Justice
Social Justice and the Learning Society
Concluding Comments

The graphs on social inequalities are particularly helpful to promote classroom discussion

Mrs Ursula Quick
School of Social Sciences and Law, University of Teesside
March 24, 2014

This book has helped the students become aware of the issues that surround education. It is an excellent introduction for students embarking on their training in teacher education.

Mrs Cheryl Hine
Access to H.E., Leeds City College
March 19, 2014

This book provides a sound basis when considering education alongside social justice. It is useful to anyone undertaking education studies at an undergraduate level, particularly those with a sociological focus.

Mr Graham Downes
School of Education, Bath Spa University
November 4, 2013

This is a really excellent book that puts the issue of social justice at the centre of the study of educational issues. It is well written and easy to read, drawing on relevant data throughout. We have enthusiatically adopted it as a core text for our first year undergraduate module: "Education and Society".

Dr Peter Hemming
Cardiff School of Social Sciences, Cardiff University
August 12, 2013


Mr Iain Jones
Faculty of Education, Newman University College
March 28, 2013

A highly engaging text, which considers issues relating to education and justice in an thought provoking way. It is academically under-pinned extremely well, and highlights the realities and challenges of social justice in practice. A text I have strongly recommended to post-gradutes following the MA Education.

Mrs Paula Hamilton
School of Education & Community, Glyndwr University
March 13, 2013

An interesting discussion of social justice issues such as poverty, impact and interventions used.This is an interesting book to read when connected with the optional unit of workign with special needs.

Mrs Victoria MacMillan
Caring, Cardiff & Vale College
November 13, 2012

I love this book! It is so accessible to the complete beginner as first steps on the road to understanding the concept of social justice and its multi-faceted layers. It fits in very well with our modules on inclusion matters and an inclusive society as it covers som of the same areas as we do, e.g. Thatcher's 'no society' to Cameron's 'Big Society', inclusive education, inequality, poverty, NEETs, etc. I like the little case studies; they will be very useful for group discussion.

Judith Lewis
Faculty of Humanities, Swansea Metropolitan University
July 4, 2012

Highly readable, well structured and essential reading for all students of education.

Ms Nisrin AlTabba
Dept of Education, North Lindsey College
April 26, 2012

It's a useful book, but (as in most cases) very Anglo-centric. For instance, the chapter on 'Social justice and special educational needs' uses English policy only, with no recognition of systems in the devolved countries of the UK. Having said that, I like the comprehensive coverage of important issues, and the book is written in a clear and accessible style.

Dr Shereen Benjamin
Dept of Educational Studies, Edinburgh University
April 23, 2012

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