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Introduction to Education Studies

Introduction to Education Studies

Fourth Edition
  • Steve Bartlett - Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Diana Burton - Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton
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March 2016 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introduction to Education Studies has proven itself to be the key text for students of Education Studies for over a decade, leading readers through the field's key ideas, concepts and debates.

Drawing from the main educational themes of sociology, philosophy, history, psychology and policy, Bartlett and Burton introduce you to different ways of looking at education and the ideologies that shape educational systems. Tightly supported by accessible links to research literature and keenly aware of contemporary developments, this book encourages you to adopt a critical, questioning approach to your study in order to develop an engaged and informed understanding of education.

This new edition includes:

  • A range of video discussion boxes throughout the book and linked to the companion website exploring key issues related to each chapter.
  • Enhanced coverage of special educational needs, discussing how policy has evolved historically and in more recent times throughout the New Labour and Coalition governments.
  • New discussion of the 2014 National Curriculum in England and the political processes and ideologies underpinning it.
Chapter 1: What is education studies?
Chapter 2: The nature of education
Chapter 3: Researching education
Chapter 4: A modern history of schooling
Chapter 5: Curriculum
Chapter 6: Politics and policy in education
Chapter 7: Globalisation and comparative education
Chapter 8: Individual achievement: major psychological theories
Chapter 9: Education and psychological research
Chapter 10: Social factors, gender, ethnicity and achievement
Chapter 11: Organising teaching and learning
Chapter 12: Conclusion: education – a contested enterprise

Analytically critical this contemporary text will 'open the eyes' of students to the importance - and necessity - of identifying and critiquing how ideology shapes allowed educational systems.

Ms Therese Alison Lewis
Faculty of Health, Social Work & Educ, Northumbria University
June 23, 2016

This is an accessible introduction to Education Studies that students can utilise and refer to throughout their degree.

Dr Alexander Kosogorin
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
June 17, 2016

An excellent text book for the Foundation Degree units. Readable and relevant with good coverage of a range of important people in the field. The video chats in the website companion add some variety.

Mrs Jane Boothman
Management and Education, South Gloucestershire and Stroud College
June 14, 2016

This is an excellent book. The most recent edition is even better than the last one. We use this book in a range of our courses: FT MA, BA, PGCE.

Dr Hanneke Jones
School of Education, Newcastle University
June 14, 2016

This is a clear and very useful text for undergraduate students who want to understand key issues in Education Studies.

Mrs Branwen Bingle
Institute of Education, Worcester University
May 6, 2016

Clear, straightforward textbook, ideal for students new to Education Studies

Mrs Jacqueline Dawn Dodding
School of Education and Professional Stu, Blackburn College
April 5, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: What is Education Studies?

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