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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.

Gender and Educational Policy
Gender and educational policy

In this chapter we look at an area which has received a great deal of attention in the press over the last few years: gender and educational achievement. Media interest in education tends to focus on the information which interests parents: how different schools have performed in tests and examinations and their place in published league tables. During the last twenty years, discussion has focused on whether schools are able to affect test results, irrespective of the social background of children, with concerns about what is perceived to be boys' underachievement.

To understand equality of educational opportunity we have to look at the way in which gender, ethnicity and social class interact with one another (see DfES, 2007, and ...

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