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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.

Re-Forming Teacher Professionalism for New Times
Re-forming teacher professionalism for new times

This chapter discusses haw far sociological discourse about professionalism and the state can help us to understand the contemporary condition of teachers as professionals as they experience the sorts of reforms discussed in Chapter 3. It then seeks to relate some of the concepts drawn from this discussion to developments in teacher education in England and Wales over the past decade. Finally, it speculates about the forms of teacher professionalism that might develop in the early years of the twenty-first century.

A great deal of recent policy discourse on education has blamed teachers for poor educational standards. Education reforms in countries as different as England and Nicaragua have limited the autonomy of teachers and curbed ...

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