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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (25 Jun. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1847874665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847874665
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 1.2 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 332,534 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Written with education studies students in mind, this book would also be a useful handbook for practising education professionals seeking insight into the political context of the settings within which they work...This is not a 'how to' text: the reader tasks enable reflection and understanding, rather than suggesting action - an approach which I personally find refreshing...This text performs its function well and enables readers to gain insight and understanding of aspects of education which we cannot afford to ignore' -
Learning and Teaching Update


'Ward and Eden have produced a useful and elegant text which deserves a place on the reading list of any education degree. I certainly hope that its readership goes beyond the most obvious target audience, as anyone involved in education would do well to read and enjoy this text' - ESCalate


'Education Policy is increasingly complex and opaque - this timely book brings clarity and reason to bear and is an ideal starting point for students and teachers struggling to understand the political world in which they work' - Professor Stephen J Ball, Institute of Education, University of London

"The book is far-reaching in its scope and critical vision." (Clyde Chitty Pedagogy, Culture & Society 2012-03-20)

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Stephen Ward is Head of Education and Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Spaniel J Faux on 11 Jun. 2012
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The other review is misleading. This book is recommended as a text for some PGCE courses and gives a good, if simple, introduction to the intricacies of English and Welsh schooling up to late 2008 (i.e. before Free Schools came on the scene).
The authors' perspective is politically and economically astute and I am finding it a useful guide in my training to become a teacher. It provides the practical introduction to the development of schooling that is often missing from other books I'm reading. It is not a guide to the philosophical concepts on which discussions of education theory are based and a PhD student would probably find this book less useful than a BEd or PGCE level student would, but there are plenty of theory-texts for that purpose.
A good buy if you want to understand the practicalities and the politics of working in schools in England and Wales.
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I am currently in my second year of A Levels and the topic in my Politics A Level is Education Policy. The exam board did not provide any textbook but recommended this book as an 'optional and not compulsory' read.

After working my way through it, I have knowledge far superior to that of my classmates and I personally think it should be made a compulsory textbook when studying education policy.

It has vast amounts of complex and important information but is presented in an easy and straight talking way making it a very easy read.

I commend the writer for creating a book with such in depth debate presented in a practical way and I would recommend this book for anyone interested or studying education policy.
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If you are studying Criminology at University Degree Level this is one of the books you will likely be required to purchase as part of your studies.

My 5 star review is for price, quality of packaging and speed of arrival, plus Amazon Customer Service Support
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