At a time when public education and reform agendas are changing the way we approach education, this book critically examines the key issues facing the public with implications for education policy makers, professionals and researchers.
Drawing on empirical evidence gathered over 20 years, Helen Gunter confronts current issues about social justice and segregation. She uses Arendtian ideas to help the reader to ‘think politically’ about education and how and why public services education can be reimagined for the future.
“A substantive contribution... recommended to colleagues and post-graduate students.” Michael Apple, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Helen M Gunter is Professor of Education Policy at University of Manchester and Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. She has a global reputation for excellence in education policy research and acclaim for Arendtian scholarship. Her research has been funded by the British Academy, and the Economic and Social Research Council and has published widely.
Thinking politically: challenging public education
Action: professionals learning to labour
Plurality: the idea and reality of choice
Natality: the opportunity to do new things
Promising: school diversity and competition
Responsibility and judging: producing and using numbers
Forgiving: the end of public education
Thinking politically again: the conditions for public education