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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.

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Active social policies in the EU

Inclusion through participation?

This book challenges the underlying presupposition that regular employment is the royal road to inclusion. Drawing on original empirical research, it investigates the inclusionary and exclusionary potentials of different types of work, including activation programmes.

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The Alumni Way

Building Lifelong Value from Your University Investment

Reimagining the alumni-university relationship, Maria Gallo explores graduates’ alumni status as a gateway to immense professional and personal networks and opportunities.

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Anti-racism in Higher Education

An Action Guide for Change

Edited by Arun Verma

Arising from staff and student experiences, this book offers a roadmap for senior leaders, academic and professional staff and students to build strategies, programmes and interventions that effectively dismantle racism.

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Being a Scholar in the Digital Era

Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good

This book offers both a road map and a vision of what being a scholar can be when reimagined in the digital era to enliven the public good. It discusses digital innovations in higher education as well as reflecting upon what these mean in an age of austerity.

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Betraying a Generation

How Education is Failing Young People

Ainley explains how English education is now driven by the economy and politics, having failed to deliver upward social mobility and a brighter future. Concludes with suggestions for positive change.

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The Challenge of Sustainability

Linking Politics, Education and Learning

Edited by Hugh Atkinson and Ros Wade

Exploring the links between politics, learning and sustainability this book argues that if we are to successfully meet the challenges of climate change and sustainability we need to embed a lifelong commitment to sustainability in all learning.

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Community-based Learning and Social Movements

Popular Education in a Populist Age

Mayo demonstrates how, through popular education and participatory action research, communities can develop their own understandings of their problems. Using case studies that illustrate popular education approaches in practice, she offers pedagogies of hope and shows how communities can engineer impactful and democratic forms of social change.

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Constructing the Higher Education Student

Perspectives from across Europe

Amid debates about the future of both higher education and Europeanisation, this book is the first full-length exploration of how Europe’s 35 million students are understood by key social actors across different nations.

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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.

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Corporate Elites and the Reform of Public Education

Leading scholars combine theory and case studies to reveal how elite corporations are increasingly influencing how public education provision and services are delivered across the world.

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Countering Extremism in British Schools?

The Truth about the Birmingham Trojan Horse Affair

In 2014 the ‘Trojan Horse’ affair, an alleged plot to ‘Islamify’ several state schools in Birmingham, caused a previously highly successful school to be vilified. Holmwood and O’Toole challenge the accepted narrative and show how it was used to justify an intrusive counter extremism agenda.

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