Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

The Curriculum

The curriculum
Clive Hedges


The boundaries of the term ‘curriculum’ are notoriously difficult to define and it sometimes seems that everyone, from academics to politicians, have sought to police them. Current discussions in England about the place of climate change in the national geography curriculum, for example, illustrate the political nature of the subject. In areas of the world such as Spain or Ireland, where political identity has been a source of intense, and sometimes violent, political clashes, the place of minority languages in the curriculum, or the content of history teaching, can become proxies for long-standing social divisions. Curriculum is a potentially complex and politically charged topic, even in its narrow sense of ‘what children should be taught’.

Curriculum as a term, however, can ...

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