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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.

New Labour, Education Policy and Educational Research
New labour, education policy and educational research

After the 1997 General Election, many people in Britain and abroad looked to a reforming New Labour government and its so-called ‘Third Way’ policies as providing a progressive alternative to the New Right agenda that had dominated education policy for the previous twenty years. This final chapter, on the present-day politics of education policy in England, considers how far those hopes are being borne out in practice and the extent to which a new agenda has now superseded the hegemony of the New Right reforms described earlier in this book. It also discusses New Labour's relationship to the academy and the use it makes of educational research in policy-making.

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