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The education debate: Policy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century

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Education is a key political issue and seen as a crucial factor in ensuring economic productivity and competitiveness. In this enthralling book, Stephen J. Ball offers an analysis of the flood of government initiatives and policies that have been introduced over the past 20 years, including Beacon Schools, the Academies programme, parental choice, Foundation Schools, faith schools and teaching standards. He looks at the politics of these policy interventions and how they have changed the face of education.This ...

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Overview

Education is a key political issue and seen as a crucial factor in ensuring economic productivity and competitiveness. In this enthralling book, Stephen J. Ball offers an analysis of the flood of government initiatives and policies that have been introduced over the past 20 years, including Beacon Schools, the Academies programme, parental choice, Foundation Schools, faith schools and teaching standards. He looks at the politics of these policy interventions and how they have changed the face of education.This bestselling book makes essential reading for student-teachers, other students of politics and social policy courses and for the general reader who wants to get beyond the simplistic analyses of the newspapers.

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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

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. Roger Brown in 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. Rob Berkeley, Runnymede Bulletin

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Meet the Author

Stephen J. Ball, School of Educational Foundations and Policy Studies, Institute of Education, University of London

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Table of Contents

List of tables, figures and boxes iv

List of abbreviations vi

About the author ix

Acknowledgements x

Preface Michael Hill xi

Introduction: education education education policy 1

1 Introduction to key concepts: education policy, economic necessity and public service reform 11

2 Class, comprehensives and continuities: a short history of English education policy 55

3 Current policy models and The UK government's approach to public service reform 101

4 Current key issues: forms of policy and forms of equity 153

5 A sociology of education policy: past, present and future 193

References 207

Index 227

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