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Introduction to Education Studies

Introduction to Education Studies

Third Edition
  • Steve Bartlett - Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton
  • Diana Burton - Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton
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400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Education Studies is a broad, multi-disciplinary and rapidly growing field. Now fully updated, Introduction to Education Studies has proven itself to be the key text for novices in the field for over a decade, leading readers through the field's key strands, concepts and applications without assuming any prior knowledge.

Bartlett and Burton provide first-time students with all the tools that they need to approach Education Studies and also encourage a critical, questioning approach which will put them in good stead for further study and professional practice.

The new edition includes:

-A new chapter on 'SEN and Inclusion'.

-A new chapter on the 'Historical Context of Education Policy.

-A new chapter on 'Citizenship Education'.

-More international, comparative examples

The book will also be even easier to use than in previous editions, with thorough improvements to its structure and design.

Steve Bartlett is Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton.

Diana Burton is Professor of Education and Pro Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University.

Education Studies: An Introduction to the Field of Study
What is Education Studies?
The Nature of Education
Researching Education
A Modern History of Schooling
Politics and Policy in Education
Globalization and Comparative Education
Individual Achievement: Major Psychological Theories
Education and Psychological Research
Social Factors, Gender, Ethnicity and Achievement
Organizing Teaching and Learning
Conclusion: Education: A Contested Enterprise

'Highly readable and comprehensive introduction to education studies'
- Robert Legg, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University

'The authors have provided an essential companion to studies in Education. Importantly, it reinforces the neccessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of contested educational ideas and practices in a contemporary context'
- Dave Trotman, Newman University College

Praise for the second edition:

`The authors have provided an important resource for student study in education. Importantly, it reinforces the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of contested educational process and practices in a contemporary context'
- Dave Trotman, Escalate

'This is a good introductory text book which introduces students to essential concepts they will encounter in the study of education. Throughout, the book has useful sections for reflecting on learning'
- Dr Claire Tupling, Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

In my opinion, the strengths of this text are many. First, it is very readable; the tone is engaging and encourages the reader to work through the whole text. Secondly, the fact that a companion website has been created to support the books is of particular significance. The third strength is the inclusion of reader reflexion boxes, containing questions or topics for consideration.  Finally, a recommended reading list at the end of each chapter, identifying relevant additional reading on each of the topics, provides the student with a complete ‘learning package’.

Moira Bailey
Scottish Educational Review

Bartlett and Burton’s Introduction to Education Studies represents a fine piece of scholarship and research, a text both readable in its approach and stimulating in its presentation for the contemporary student of education.

Daniel H. Jarvis
International Review of Education

The book is clear, written in plain words and is using up-to-date and high quality references.

Dr Arielle Bonneville-Roussy
Education Department, Roehampton University
October 28, 2015

This book gives a very broad and relevant overview of the field of education studies. It engages with classic sociological theories on education, as well as with (more recent) insights from disciplinces such as psychology and anthropology.

This certainly is interesting reading material!

Mr Noel Clycq
Centre for Migration and Intercultural Studies, University of Antwerp
March 25, 2015

Very comprehensive overview. Very accessible for students.

Ms Louise Lambert
Faculty of Education, Birmingham City University
February 24, 2015

An excellent book which holdsmuch of the essential information for the BA In Education and Training
I will recommend this to all the class.

Ms Dionne Ross
Faculty of Education and Society, Sunderland University
December 3, 2014

A good update for a very useful introductory book for undergraduate education students.

Miss Alison Hardy
School of Education, Nottingham Trent University
April 14, 2014

Useful information relating to understanding the education process and the context to practice in educational issues

Miss Mehjabeen Shaukat
Teacher Education, Tameside College
February 5, 2014

This book gives a good and thorough overview of current issues in Education Studies, especially in the UK.

Mrs Jacqueline Swet
Special Education , Fontys University of Applied Sciences
December 31, 2013

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1

Steve Bartlett

Steve Bartlett is honorary research fellow at Liverpool Hope University. A former Professor of Education Studies and programme leader at the Universities of Wolverhampton and Chester, he led the development of the subject at undergraduate and postgraduate level for many years, chairing the Subject Benchmarking Review Committee for QAA. A founder member and the first Chair of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), he edited the BESA journal for several years. Steve taught Sociology at secondary level for fifteen years from the mid Seventies. Steve has a Masters and PhD in teacher professionalism and has supervised and examined... More About Author

Diana M Burton

Diana Burton is Visiting Professor of Education at the University of Wolverhampton, having formerly led education research at the university. She has held senior leadership and professorial posts at 3 universities, including both Pro Vice-Chancellor for research and Dean of Education posts at Liverpool John Moores University. She was Head of School at Manchester Metropolitan University where she worked for many years leading teacher education programmes having originally been a secondary school teacher of Humanities for over a decade.Diana has a Masters and PhD in the field of Educational Psychology and continues to examine doctoral theses... More About Author