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The education debate (second edition) (Policy Press - Policy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century) [Kindle Edition]

Stephen J. Ball
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Education was a key political issue for New Labour (1997-2010) and continues to be so under the Coalition government (2010-). It is seen as a crucial factor in ensuring economic productivity and competitiveness, in generating social mobility and tackling social inequality - but are these goals either feasible or compatible?;In this fully updated edition of this bestselling book, Stephen J. Ball, a leading author in the field, guides us through the flood of government initiatives and policies of the past 20 years, including the Academies programme, parental choice, Free schools, National Curriculum and teaching standards. He looks at how these policy interventions have changed the landscape and meaning of education, turned children into 'learners' and parents into 'consumers', and played their part in the re-formation of contemporary governance.;This authoritative and accessible book uses Ball's sociological approach to the analysis of current policies and ideas around education to address issues of class, choice, globalisation, race and citizenship, as well as the conflicting needs of children and families on the one hand and the economy and the state on the other.

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"The education debate is one of the clearest and most insightful analyses of education policy I have ever read. In this new edition, Stephen Ball once again documents why his work is essential for our understanding of educational politics and processes. The book can serve as a model for how one can write about these complex issues." Professor Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin

"Insightful and wholly accessible and contributes to broader debates about education policy, initiatives and economic imperatives found across public services." Critical Social Policy

"The Education Debate is a tour de force not only for its authority and penetration but also......its accessibility." Higher Education Review

"His introduction to key concepts should be required reading both for those engaged in policy making processes and those seeking to influence change in education." Runnymede Bulletin

"Stephen Ball provides the intellectual resources for understanding how education policy is produced, what it seeks to do and what its effects are. Theoretically and empirically adroit, it is essential reading for all those needing to understand education policy and politics. --Bob Lingard, Andrew Bell Professor of Education, The University of Edinburgh

About the Author

Stephen J. Ball is Karl Mannheim Professor of the Sociology of Education at the Institute of Education, University of London. His work is in 'policy sociology' and he has conducted a series of ten ESRC-funded studies which focus on issues of social class and social and education policy. He has an honorary doctorate from Turku University, Finland, is Visiting Professor at the University of San Andres, Argentina, and a Fellow of the British Academy. He edits the Journal of Education Policy and his most recent books include How Schools Do Policy (with Meg Maguire and Annette Braun), Global Education Inc., Networks New Governance and Education (with Carolina Junemann), and Foucault, Power and Education.

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3.0 out of 5 stars education debates 14 April 2013
By Deborah
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This book presents some interesting perspectives on the education debates happening currently with some good background material and history. A lot to read and get through ; perhaps some sort of brief timeline or diagram of educational policy and debates through the ages would have made some of the ideas more concrete and easier to grasp.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive review 9 Dec. 2014
I enjoyed this comprehensive summary of the policy angles of the various parties in the debate on education. The book touches on international issues but is `primarily seen through the lens of the United Kingdom, particularly England. I recommend it as a good read for anyone who wants to refresh their memory of recent history and give themselves a perspective on the evolving debate. Stephen Ball does an excellent job of keeping back his personal opinion even when the wasted opportunities, bureaucratic nightmares and systemic failures are more than evident.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating, readable, informative 17 Jan. 2014
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Great book - much more 'reader friendly' than some of Ball's published work. Well structured and informative. Never used a Kindle book before and I loved all the Kindle features.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a debate 23 Nov. 2013
By Wendy
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This has really opened my eyes to what we are really being educated for. This is a great book to read if you need to know what education means to the ordinary man
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and a fantastic book 10 Sept. 2013
By carly
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This is a Fantastic book, I have loved reading every minute of this, It's a very interesting and a debatable book, I would recommend this to anyone who is interested in Education Policy!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great debate on Education policy 28 Mar. 2014
By teecx
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This is by far one of the best books I have read on education and its politics. I am currently using it for my dissertation and its been brilliant. The author is very profound and the book seem a easy read (if you are into this kind of stuff). As a second edition it has included recent debates on education policy from New Labour to the coalition. I will totally recommend for anyone who wants to explore more on debates on education policy. Absolutely fascinating.
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