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The Success Paradox

Why We Need a Holistic Theory of Social Mobility

This timely book provides an alternative vision of social mobility and a route-map to achieving it. It examines how the term ‘social mobility’ structures what success means and the impact that has on society. It recasts the relationship with employers and covers progress in non-work areas of life.

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Student Lives in Crisis

Deepening Inequality in Times of Austerity

In this empirically-grounded analysis, Lorenza Antonucci compares the lives of university students at a time of austerity and financial crisis from three very different European welfare systems – Italy, England and Sweden.

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Speaking truth to power

Research and policy on lifelong learning

Edited by Frank Coffield

In this collection of essays, researchers discuss the implications of their findings for policy. Findings are also presented for the first time from a major new survey, commissioned by The Learning Society Programme, which examined the skills of a representative sample of British workers.

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The Soul of a University

Why Excellence is not Enough

How can we re-establish universities’ social purpose? The solution lies with asking not only ‘what are we good at?’, but also ‘what are we good for?’. Chris Brink shows how universities can – and should - promote positive social change.

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Sociologists' Tales

Contemporary Narratives on Sociological Thought and Practice

Sociologists’ Tales brings together the thoughts and experiences of key UK sociologists from different generations of British sociology in reflecting on why they have chosen a career in sociology, how they have managed to do it and what advice they would offer the next generation.

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Social Inclusion and Higher Education

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. This book is about the experiences of students in institutions of higher education from 'non-traditional' backgrounds with contributions from the UK, the USA and Australia which reveal that the issues surrounding the inclusion of 'non-traditional' students are broadly similar in different countries.

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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.

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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.

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School Scandals

Blowing the Whistle on the Corruption of Our Education System

Pat Thomson takes on England’s muddled education system and exposes fraudulent and unethical practices, including the skewing of the curriculum and manipulation of results. She argues for an urgent review of current practices, leading to a revitalised education system that has the public good at its heart.

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School Governance

Policy, Politics and Practices

Informed by twenty years’ experience as a school governor, Jacqueline Baxter considers what implications the 2014 ‘Trojan Horse’ scandal has had for the future of a democratic system of education in England.

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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.

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The Rise of External Actors in Education

Shifting Boundaries Globally and Locally

Reviewing diverse sites, including the US, Cambodia, Israel, Poland, Chile, Australia and Brazil, this book considers how schooling systems are being influenced by the rise of external actors who increasingly determine the content, delivery and governance of education.

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