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.

Alternatives to Mainstream Schooling

Alternatives to Mainstream Schooling

Alternatives to mainstream schooling
Will Curtis


It is easy to take for granted the principles that underpin our education system and the models and approaches to schooling that we adopt. Yet it is worth reminding ourselves that our state-run schooling system has been in place for less than 150 years. Compulsory education for all 16 year olds was only introduced, along with comprehensive schooling and A-level grades, in the mid-1960s. Many of the universities you study at were opened during the same period. Many other institutions gained university status in the 1990s or later. Among the assumptions we now make are that:

  • education is for children and young people between the approximate ages of 5 to 18;
  • learning takes place in specific institutions at ...
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