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What effect has two decades of intensive state direction and government involvement had on education?

Designed for Education Studies students who have probably grown up in this context of government intervention, this book deconstructs accepted notions and provides readers with the resources to discuss critically the role of the governments in education and schooling. The book examines government policy in a series of key areas, such as the curriculum, market forces, educational inequality, and race issues. Throughout, it considers the political and economic factors in education policy, introducing some of the fundamental concepts required to analyze the ideologies of education and the state. The authors explore the role of education policy in the context of the general direction of government policy, politics, and the economy, making links with other policy areas such as health, social services, home affairs, and foreign policy. They also explain the nature of government policy in terms of a globalization and the knowledge economy.

Teacher Training, Education Studies and the Universities
Teacher training, education studies and the universities
Introduction

Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) is required for teachers in state-maintained schools. While universities teach and award BA/BEd degrees and PGCE with QTS, the QTS element is awarded by the government. Qualifications for doctors, nurses, lawyers and architects are all made either by universities or the by colleges of the professional bodies. Teaching is the only profession whose qualification to practise has been made by a government department and it is a sign of the importance of teacher training to government policy. The latest professional award for the teaching and care of young children, Early Years Professional Status (EYPS), is also awarded by the DCSF. This is a symptom of the strong accountability ...

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