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Education in Britain Ken Jones

Education in Britain By Ken Jones

Education in Britain by Ken Jones

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A comprehensive and accessible overview of the state of British education in the second half of the twentieth century. Describes and explains the patterning of change and continuity in British education, and the persistent controversies which have accompanied it.

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Education in Britain: 1944 to the Present by Ken Jones

Education in Britain has been transformed over the last 50 years. State education systems have expanded hugely, and levels of achievement and participation have continuously risen. At the same time, society has become 'educationalizeda : the home, the workplace, the holiday and the playgroup are seen as sites for learning, in ways that increasingly connect to the acquisition of formally--defined skills and knowledges. Yet for most of the postwar period, education policy has been dominated by questions of 'failurea 'crisisa and 'declinea . Half a century of reform has far from eliminated substantial inequalities, and the 'conservatisma of education in the face of major cultural and economic change remains a central political issue. This book seeks to describe and explain the patterning of change and continuity in British education, and to account for the persistence of the controversies which have accompanied it. In doing so, it combines economic, political, cultural and social approaches to the study of education.

Education in Britain Reviews

"Ken Jones provides a plausible and clear overview for the beginner reader in history and sociology of education...The writing is extremely accessible. A great strength is that the book could introduce a novice in the field to important ideas with a minimum of fuss ... Overall, this is a timely and very well written book, providing a clear and provocative a mapping of the field." Political Studies Review 'In this beautifully crafted book, Ken Jones offers an eloquent, compelling and richly textured exposition of the shifting social, cultural and political struggles and collisions that have constituted the messy dynamic of educational change in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland since 1944. This absolutely stunning text deserves to become a classic.' -- Sharon Gewirtz, Centre for Public Policy Research, King's College London 'This book offers an elegant and incisive cultural analysis in education, rooted in historical understanding and distinguished by careful attention to the significance of different within the various national systems of the UK. The analysis is unique in its comparative grounding, which highlights the peculiarities of the English and offers opportunities for policy learning to policy researchers, practitioners and policy--makers alike. In describing and illuminating the differentiated and exclusionary education spaces of schooling in England, Ken Jones reminds us that there are alternatives, and in so doing contributes to our understating of the relationship between national education policy and possibilities for practice in a globalizing age.' -- Jenny Ozga, Centre for Educational Sociology, University of Edinburgh

About Ken Jones

Ken Jones is a Professor in the Department of Education atKeele University.

Table of Contents

Introduction. Chapter 1: Post--war Settlements. Chapter 2: The Golden Age?. Chapter 3: Expansion, Experiment, Conflict. Chapter 4: Conservatism -- Triumph and Failure. Chapter 5: New Labour -- The Inheritors. References. Notes

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Education in Britain: 1944 to the Present by Ken Jones
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