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Key Issues in Education and Social Justice

Key Issues in Education and Social Justice

Second Edition

June 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

‘This highly accessible book weaves together discussion of recent research findings, policy developments and theoretical perspectives. It provides a thought-provoking and at times contentious introduction that will challenge students and teachers to look beyond the easy and glib rhetoric, helping them understand the complexities of educating for a more equal world.'

Shereen Benjamin, Senior Lecturer in Primary Education, University of Edinburgh 

This book is an introduction to issues of inequality and social justice, how they relate to education systems and how education can be a force for positive societal change. Drawing upon research, policy and contemporary thinking in the field, this second edition examines educational inequalities that exist today, what lies behind them and what effects they have across society.

New to this edition:

  • Wider coverage on social inequalities in relation to income and wealth
  • New chapters on: childhood inequalities, international issues in education and social justice, and education inequalities in the USA
  • A broader focus on how young people experience social justice that includes the experiences of young offenders.

This is essential reading for students on undergraduate education studies courses, and related degree programmes that explore the relationship between education and society.

Chapter 1: An Introduction to Education and Social Justice
Chapter 2: Social justice and social inequality
Chapter 3: Childhood inequalities and social justice
Chapter 4: International perspectives on education and social justice
Chapter 5: Falling standards and failing students? Inequalities in student outcomes
Chapter 6: Good schools for all: schooling and social justice
Chapter 7: Social Justice and Education in America
Chapter 8: How do young people experience social justice?
Chapter 9: Higher education and social justice
Chapter 10: Social justice and the learning society
Chapter 11: Concluding comments

Excellent text that offers an up to date insight into educational issues. the book chapters support the module content perfectly

Dr Jo Basford
Education, Staffordshire University
September 15, 2020

Professor Smith has updated this excellent book, providing an accessible and contextually relevant discussion around a topic whose understanding still eludes so many.

This is an essential text for any student or interested party concerned with the concepts of social justice and their impacts upon education. The book both consciously and unconsciously draws together many of the social, cultural and political influences that are often considered in isolation. This is the book all educationalists should be made to read.

Mr Carl Longmore
Special needs and inclusion, Wolverhampton University
May 16, 2019

Essential reading for BA Early Childhood Studies Year 2 module

Beth Gallagher
School of Health and Education, Middlesex University
December 17, 2019

A wide-ranging text that is clearly written and soundly researched, which faces up to some difficult questions about UK education and encourages reflective and positive engagement from its readers. I've recommended the chapter on HE to my academic practice students as useful introduction to the background and context of their work and as a prompt to discussion about the barriers many students face within the system.

Dr Ruth Windscheffel
Learning Enhancement & Development (LEaD), City University
September 26, 2018

Education is a key route to the distribution of resources among the entire population. However, unless it is underpinned by social justice with a specific focus on education, this purpose is often lost, resulting in the outcome that leaves many people alienated and excluded. This is an invaluable text to enable educators and students to engage with the ideas.

Dr Brid Connolly
Department of Adult & Community Education , National University of Ireland, Maynooth
November 14, 2018

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