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Differing visions of a Learning Society Vol 1

Research findings Volume 1

Edited by Frank Coffield

This first volume explores the ways lifelong learning can contribute to the development of knowledge and skills for employment, and other areas of adult life. It addresses the challenges for researchers to study issues that are central and directly relevant to the political and policy debate, and to take into account the reality of people's lives.

Policy Press

Social Capital, Children and Young People

Implications for Practice, Policy and Research

Edited by Julie Allan and Ralph Catts

Social capital, children and young people is about the relationships and networks - social capital - that children and young people have in and out of school.

Policy Press

Networks, New Governance and Education

This topical book uses network analysis and interviews with key actors to address the changes in education, with a focus on education and the role of new philanthropy.

Policy Press

Education and Social Justice in a Digital Age

This book proposes an approach to changing the educational system in order to redress inequalities in society, whilst at the same time acknowledging the potential transformative role of digital technologies.

Policy Press

Differing visions of a Learning Society Vol 2

Research findings Volume 2

Edited by Frank Coffield

This second volume discusses both the meaning of the Learning Society for adults with learning difficulties, and use of social capital to explain patterns of lifelong learning. It presents five different 'trajectories' of lifelong learning, explores determinants of participation and non-participation in learning, and innovation in Higher Education.

Policy Press

Explaining ethnic differences

Changing patterns of disadvantage in Britain

Recent urban disturbances, concerns about the fate of asylum seekers and renewed debates about the nature of ethnic identity and citizenship have all combined to give ethnic differences a high public and policy profile. This book explores the diverse experiences of ethnic disadvantage and challenges common assumptions.

Policy Press

School Admissions and Accountability

Planning, Choice or Chance?

Providing integrated coverage of the policy, practice and outcomes from 1944 to 2012, this book addresses the issues relevant to school admissions arising from three different approaches adopted in this period: planning via local authorities, quasi-market mechanisms, and random allocation.

Policy Press

Social capital and lifelong learning

The British government and powerful international agencies present investment in social capital as a way of promoting neighbourhood renewal, community health and educational achievement. This book confirms the significance of social capital as an analytical tool, while challenging the basis on which current policy is being developed.

Policy Press

Dimensions of Impact in the Social Sciences

The Case of Social Policy, Sociology and Political Science Research

This concise, informative book analyses impact across the social sciences. Drawing on fifteen interviews with senior academics for a longitudinal view, the author sets out valuable recommendations of how and when scholars can achieve impact.

Policy Press

Contesting Higher Education

Student Movements against Neoliberal Universities

This close investigation of student protests in the UK, Canada, Chile and Italy represents the first comparative review of the subject. Setting the wave of demonstrations within the contexts of student activism, social issues and political movements, it casts new light on their impact on higher education and on the broader society.

Bristol Uni Press

Ability, Inequality and Post-Pandemic Schools

Rethinking Contemporary Myths of Meritocracy

Alice Bradbury discusses how the meritocracy myth reinforces educational inequalities and analyses how the recent educational developments of datafication and neuroscience might challenge how we classify and label children as we rebuild a post-pandemic schooling system.

Policy Press

Creative Universities

Reimagining Education for Global Challenges and Alternative Futures

In this wide-ranging book, Anke Schwittay argues that, in order to inspire and equip students to generate better responses to global challenges, we need a new high education pedagogy that develops their imagination, creativity, emotional sensibilities and practical capabilities.

Bristol Uni Press