Introduction to Education Studies

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SAGE, May 16, 2007 - Education - 288 pages
Introduction to Education Studies is established as the key text for undergraduate students of education studies as well as for practitioners embarking on a higher degree.

The book provides a thorough grounding for students new to the subject without assuming a substantial prior knowledge of the area. It also takes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of education, drawing on the authors' extensive experience of teaching and course development at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

This updated edition includes new sections on

" the nature and purposes of education

" research in education

" ideologies and the curriculum

" lifelong learning

" comparative education

" social and psychological explanations for pupil/student achievement

" policy developments in education

This highly popular, accessibly written text is essential reading for students on education studies courses.

`The authors have provided an important resource for student study in education. Importantly, it reinforces the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of contested educational process and practices in a contemporary context' - Dave Trotman, Escalate


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About the author (2007)

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.

Professor Diana Burton is pro vice chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), having joined the university as Dean of Education, Community and Leisure in 2002. Starting her career teaching secondary pupils in a challenging community, she became a teacher educator at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1989 – 2002. As a member of LJMU’s senior management team, Diana contributes to the corporate strategic development and leads all aspects of research and the student experience. She holds a Masters degree and PhD from the University of Birmingham and has published several books and journal articles on aspects of education studies and teacher development. She is involved in a number of research projects. Diana is governor of Riverside College, Halton having recently stepped down as Chair after four years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Higher Education Academy. Diana is married to an education professor and together they have four sons who have between them experienced three types of post-16 education. Diana is passionate about improving opportunities for disadvantaged young people and is keen to help the post-16 sector exploit its crucial role in this regard.

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