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Reframing Education Failure and Aspiration

The Rise of the Meritocracy

Education is seen as central to social mobility and equality and, following a drive to raise learners’ aspirations, an ‘aspiration industry’ has emerged. This book traces education policy developments and argues that for learners to have aspirations that do not require qualifications should be regarded as different, not wrong.

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Educational Collateral Damage

Disadvantaged Students, Exclusion and Social Justice

Drawing on student experiences and the perspectives of senior leaders, this book challenges orthodox thinking about school exclusion and advocates for a fairer education system for disadvantaged students.

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Schooling Inequality

Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class

Drawing on unique new research gathered from three contrasting secondary schools in England, this book explores the aspirations, opportunities and experiences of young people from different social-class backgrounds against a backdrop of continuing inequalities in education.

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The New Political Economy of Teacher Education

The Enterprise Narrative and the Shadow State

Adopting a political economy perspective, Viv Ellis, Lauren Gatti and Warwick Mansell present a unique and international analysis of teacher education policy in the US, England and Norway after the 2008 Global Financial Crisis.

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Keywords in Education Policy Research

A Conceptual Toolbox

Designed as a reference, learning and teaching tool to assist students, educators and researchers, this book describes the history, contribution and application of over 90 keywords in the field of education policy research.

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Low-income Female Teacher Values and Agency in India

Implications for Reflective Practice

This book shows how the speech and syntax of low-income female teachers in India’s education system establishes a special form of relational agency and empowerment.

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Exploring Digital Technology in Education

Why Theory Matters and What to Do about It

The field of digital technology in education has long been under-theorised. This book will enable the reader to reflect on the use of theory when explaining technology use and set out ways in which we can theorise better.

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The Liberal Arts Paradox in Higher Education

Negotiating Inclusion and Prestige

By examining the emergence and growth of liberal arts degrees in English higher education, this book tackles one of the key issues in the critical sociology of higher education: the relationship between selective education and elitism.

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Schooling in a Democracy

Returning Education to the Public Service

COVID-19 has widened inequalities in schools and left the future uncertain. Richard Riddell argues that the increasingly narrow focus of education governance has made new thinking impossible and has degraded public life. Nevertheless, he highlights new possibilities for democratic behaviour and the opening up of schooling to all it serves.

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Affective Capitalism in Academia

Revealing Public Secrets

Drawing on affect theory and research on academic capitalism and 11 international case studies, this book examines the contemporary crisis of universities, from the coloniality of academic capitalism to performance management and the experience of being performance-managed.

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A Political Sociology of Education Policy

This book aims to restore the role of political analysis in education policy by presenting a new political sociology for framing, conducting and presenting research. In doing so, it will be the first in the field to connect political thinking from Arendt with sociological thinking from Bourdieu.

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University–Industry Partnerships for Positive Change

Transformational Strategic Alliances Towards UN SDGs

Sharing the authors’ extensive experience in working at the interface between academia, industry and government, this book is designed to enable powerful university–industry partnerships that can play a pivotal role in achieving the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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