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Ideas of equality: The contested concept
Ideas of equality: The contested concept

In this opening chapter, we set out what the book as a whole is intended to achieve. We also provide initial ideas to help you reach a clearer understanding of what is implied by equality in education, and stimulate you to consider the relationship between equality and school practice in more detail.

In this chapter we ask you to think about:

  • the aims and structure of the book
  • what equality means in schools
  • the range of language and concepts used in this area
  • what various ideas about equality imply about aims.

Throughout the book we use case examples that help to illustrate the points being made. They are a convenience sample drawn from interviews with current head teachers and ...

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