An Introduction to the Study of Education by David Matheson

By David Matheson

This absolutely up-to-date, fourth version of An advent to the research of Education presents a entire and reflective creation to the learn of schooling, inviting scholars to question what schooling is, who it's for and what function it serves. Taking the reader from the early years via to lifelong studying, it examines all varieties of schooling and learning.

This new version contains ten thoroughly new chapters and a step by step advisor to essay writing. there's additionally a significant other site to accompany the publication, that includes extra chapters which might be visited at absolutely up-to-date, fourth variation presents:

  • a complete exploration of the ancient, sociological, philosophical and mental roots of schooling;
  • a transparent concentrate on the person degrees of schooling – preschool, obligatory, post-compulsory and lifetime studying;
  • the most modern debates inside of distinct academic wishes;
  • an in-depth exam of studying styles;
  • insights into the historic improvement of schooling and the function of, and heritage to, study in schooling;
  • a focus on present academic perform and variety around the uk and Ireland.

Written in a transparent and available kind, this can be the fundamental middle textual content for all starting scholars on undergraduate and postgraduate classes in schooling reports and all these drawn to schooling this day, the place it got here from and the place it truly is going.

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Conclusion This has only been a brief look at the role of ideology in education and, of necessity, it has been an eclectic look. There is a multitude of other educational ideologies that might equally merit inclusion, but space does not permit this. I have not specifically discussed the ideological precepts which underpin the National Curriculum or the development of academies in England, although some of these are dealt with in other chapters. I have omitted the ideology of the market which has set schools and universities in competition with each other in a bid to attract students and other sources of funding.

Reform was via the state (the state being seen as neutral) and was for the benefit of all sections of society, especially the underprivileged. A focus of attention in social democracy was working-class under-achievement and wastage of ability and, as a consequence, the idea of non-selective comprehensive schools slowly emerged. Teachers, for their part, pursued professional status and demanded autonomy and control of the curriculum. The notion was promoted, and accepted, that teachers knew what was best for their pupils.

In 1967, the Conservative Party leader, Edward Heath, stated that ‘it has never been a Conservative principle that in order to achieve [selection or grouping by ability] children have to be segregated in different institutions’ (Heath in Finn et al. 1978: 176). Political ideas and ideologies evolve and their expression in educational circumstances evolves too. Indeed, the apparently same educational ideology can be adopted simultaneously or consecutively by different political ideologies. This is the case not only with selective and comprehensive schools, but also with standards and achievement or equality of opportunity and, more recently, the application of market principles to education and the idea of ‘privatisation’ not only not rejected by Labour, but 24 Ideology in education in the UK taken even further and then endorsed by the coalition government elected in 2010 (see Chapter 13).

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