Introduction to Education Studies

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SAGE, Mar 19, 2012 - Education - 400 pages
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'Highly readable and comprehensive introduction to education studies.' - Robert Legg, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University

Education Studies is a broad, multi-disciplinary and rapidly growing field. Introduction to Education Studies has proven itself to be the key text for students of the subject for over a decade, leading readers through the field's key strands, concepts and applications without assuming any prior knowledge.

Bartlett and Burton provide first-time students and those engaged in more advanced aspects of the subject with all the tools that they need to approach Education Studies and also encourage a critical, questioning approach which will put them in good stead for further study and professional practice.

The new edition includes:

  • A new chapter on globalisation and international comparative education
  • A new companion website featuring online journal articles relating to each chapter
  • More guidance on how to critique research
  • More 'Reader Reflection' boxes, encouraging students to reflect on their own practice throughout
  • A new framework for analysing policy
  • New sections within the curriculum and the history of schooling chapters reflecting the latest UK developments
  • Complete update of education policy issues

Additional online resources at
Also available are free journal articles accompanying each chapter of the book, enabling discussion and further reading to deepen students knowlege of each chapter subject.

Steve Bartlett is Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.
Diana Burton is Professor of Education and Pro Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University.


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1 What is education studies?
2 The nature of education
3 Researching education
Section 2 Political and Historical Dimensions of Education
4 A modern history of schooling
5 Curriculum
6 Politics and policy in education
7 Globalisation and comparative education
major psychological theories
9 Education and psychological research
10 Social factors gender ethnicity and achievement
11 Organising teaching and learning
education a contested enterprise

Section 3 Achievement in Education

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About the author (2012)

Steve’s research interests are in practitioner research where he has worked with networks of teachers on the development of their classroom evaluations. He has also been involved with the development of Education Studies as a subject in HE. Steve has been chair of the British Education Studies Association and was more recently involved in the review of the Education Studies Subject Benchmarks for QAA.

Steve currently teaches research methods on the master’s in leadership and management and education studies on the combined awards program.

Diana Burton is Professor of Education and Director of the Centre for Developmental and Applied Research in Education at the University of Wolverhampton. She was formerly Pro Vice-Chancellor and Professor of Education at Liverpool John Moores University, where she was previously Dean of Education. She worked for many years at Manchester Metropolitan University leading teacher education programmes and was a secondary school teacher before that.

Diana has a Masters and PhD in the field of Educational Psychology. She is the author of a number of books and articles on pupil learning, teacher development, educating children with behavioural, emotional and social disadvantage, citizenship and social justice. She is a fellow of the Royal Academy for the Society of the Arts, and the Higher Education Academy and an active member of the British Education Research Association.

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