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The particular strength of this book is Geoff Whitty's grasp on and insights into the politics of education... he is able to bring to bear an authoritative perspective which is unrivaled in the United Kingdom. there is no other current book which compares in terms of the breadth and depth of this' - Professor Stephen Ball, Institute of Education, University of London This book aims to make sense of the changes in education policy over the past decade, using the resources of the sociology and politics of education. The author shows that wider sociological perspectives can help us to appreciate both the limits and the possibilities of educational change. Geoff Whitty illustrates this through studies of curriculum innovation, school choice, teacher professionalism and school improvement. He considers how far education policy can be used to foster social inclusion and social justice and the book concludes with an assessment of New Labour education policy in these terms. The book deals with education policy in England and Wales, as well as making comparisons with contemporary education policy in other countries. This book is relevant to students of education at masters and doctoral levels, students of social policy, and policy-makers.

Devolution and Choice in Three Countries
Devolution and choice in three countries
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This chapter is concerned with the fashionable ‘school autonomy’ and ‘parental choice’ agendas that have dominated contemporary education policy in many countries in recent years. It focuses on the nature of such policies in England and Wales, the USA and New Zealand, where the neo-liberal ideas have been particularly influential. It goes on to review the initial research evidence concerning the progress and effects of these policies and considers whether some of their benefits might be maintained while avoiding the inequitable consequences that have often been associated with them to date.

In many parts of the world, there have been attempts to move away from the ‘one best system’ of state-funded and state-provided ...

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