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Education: The Basics by [Wood, Kay]
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‘This is a comprehensive and provocative overview of education today, yesterday and tomorrow, which addresses those issues that many educators would rather avoid.’ - Eleanore Hargreaves, London University Institute of Education

About the Author

Kay Wood recently retired as Head of the Department of Education and Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University. She has experience of secondary teaching and in-school training, and for twelve years acted as Access tutor, promoting wider access to education at all levels. Her primary research interests are international education, the sociology of education and education policy.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 940 KB
  • Print Length: 194 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 041558955X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 4 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (27 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZZ8VTU
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This is an unusual book. It's clearly written, and jargon-free. The Routledge series `the basics' promises surveys of its chosen subjects. Brief coverage could lead to superficiality, and timorous judgements: hedged bets and qualified assessments. Kay Wood, however, writes with immense confidence about education, and is never afraid to say what she thinks. This doesn't mean that her judgements are abitrary: she says what's led her to them; and she puts the other side of the case. She covers her subject expertly: we are given a fascinating brief history of education in this country; ánd her attention stretches later to an account of the impact of neo-liberal economic policy on education in the developing world - all in the space of 157 pages, which also include exposition of the contemporary scene in this country. In this part of the book, we are given a context in which to place Govism and the free school movement; in which Plowden and the National Curriculum can meet each other in an implied debate.
We have all been taught; we all think we know what education is for and how it should work: it is not surprising that there is a pre-conceived quality to so much of the public - and political - discourse about it. This book is an antidote to the lazy assumptions with which most politicians arm themselves when discussing education.
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This engaging and clearly written book is a must for anyone interested in the nature and purposes of education in the 21st century, whether student, teacher, head or school governor. It succinctly explores the issues and debates that really matter in education and in so doing provides a rare overview of the field, something which is so often missing today. A tour de force.
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This is essential reading for anyone who wants to be a teacher or is about to embark on a PGCE course. Having worked with PGCE students this year I can see it provides an easily accessible clear picture of how and why education has developed as it has. It would encourage everyone with an interest in education to question all their pre-conceived ideas.
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Ms Wood has achieved a succinct and comprehensive guide to the history of education and its relation to life today.
Essential reading for every student teacher, teacher and, I believe, every citizen.
Education, the basics highlights the drivers, the tensions and the pitfalls currently surrounding the subject. I agree with Jim Pye (previous review) that 'it is an antidote to lazy assumptions with which many politicians arm themselves'. I would add it is not just politicians who make lazy assumptions but society in general because of the lack, until now, of a coherent picture. In this work Ms Wood leaves no hiding place to make such assumptions. The depth of research is evident in the historical and contemporary clarity of explanation.
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Loved this accessible and easy to read book. Opened my eyes to many factors that influence education and certainly made me question a number of things. A must read for parents/teachers/prospective and current students and anyone with an interest in how our education system operates.
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