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Great Mistakes in Education Policy

And How to Avoid Them in the Future

By Ruth Lupton and Debra Hayes

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1 Jun 2021

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160 pages

ISBN

978-1447352457

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216 x 148 mm

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    Education policies should drive success and equity but in many countries they are failing to do so. Situating the cases of England and Australia within broader global policy trends, this book critically analyses what has gone wrong. Drawing on extensive research in education and reviewing the impact of current policies on teaching, learning, curriculum, leadership and assessment in schools, particularly those that benefit least from wealthy economies, the authors issue a fundamental challenge to current policy orthodoxies. This book identifies crucial policy alternatives to make education both better and fairer.

    “A well-informed and highly engaging book by two respected scholars of education policy, which will capture the interest of policymakers and students alike.” Jake Anders, UCL Institute of Education

    ‘’This well-written book fills a gap in the current thinking on educational disadvantage, an interesting and very topical read.’’ Antony Hughes, Harmony Trust

    Debra Hayes is Professor of Education and Equity and Head of School at Sydney School of Education and Social Work, The University of Sydney. Her research investigates inequitable effects of schooling in high poverty and difference contexts.

    Ruth Lupton is Professor of Education at The University of Manchester. She researches, writes and teaches about poverty and inequality, particularly in relation to education and neighbourhoods.

    Part 1

    Introduction

    The Challenge for Education Policy: Economic Transition and its Social and Spatial Effects

    Part 2: Three Wrong Turns

    Governing By Numbers

    Expecting Schools to Fix the Problems of Society

    Turning to the Market

    Part 3: Policies in Practice

    The Standardisation of Teaching

    The ‘Knowledge Curriculum’

    Setting and Streaming

    Poor Kids need Tough Discipline

    Doing ‘What works’

    Part 4: Towards an alternative