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Introduction to Education Studies

Introduction to Education Studies

Fourth 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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March 2016 | 416 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Introduction to Education Studies has proven itself to be the key text for students of Education Studies for over a decade, leading readers through the field's key ideas, concepts and debates.

Drawing from the main educational themes of sociology, philosophy, history, psychology and policy, Bartlett and Burton introduce you to different ways of looking at education and the ideologies that shape educational systems. Tightly supported by accessible links to research literature and keenly aware of contemporary developments, this book encourages you to adopt a critical, questioning approach to your study in order to develop an engaged and informed understanding of education.

This new edition includes:

  • A range of video discussion boxes throughout the book and linked to the companion website exploring key issues related to each chapter.
  • Enhanced coverage of special educational needs, discussing how policy has evolved historically and in more recent times throughout the New Labour and Coalition governments.
  • New discussion of the 2014 National Curriculum in England and the political processes and ideologies underpinning it.
Chapter 1: What is education studies?
Chapter 2: The nature of education
Chapter 3: Researching education
Chapter 4: A modern history of schooling
Chapter 5: Curriculum
Chapter 6: Politics and policy in education
Chapter 7: Globalisation and comparative education
Chapter 8: Individual achievement: major psychological theories
Chapter 9: Education and psychological research
Chapter 10: Social factors, gender, ethnicity and achievement
Chapter 11: Organising teaching and learning
Chapter 12: Conclusion: education – a contested enterprise

An essential text for those studying English education; notably this updated edition charts recent political influences on the education system. This fourth edition guides the reader through the rich and complex realities of education and, in doing so, presents a critical and analytical engagement with the field of education studies.

Jane Rand
York St John University

This book is an excellent and highly accessible text for students and lecturers of Education Studies alike. It positions itself at the heart of the discipline and considers the development of the subject and contextualises it within the modern social sciences. The exploration of the main themes of history, psychology, sociology and philosophy are interspersed with opportunities for reader reflection and student activities. The inclusion of video discussion and companion website links are particularly useful features and are welcome additions to the text.

Caroline Lewis
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David

Introduction to education Studies by Bartlett and Burton has become a staple text for students of education over recent years. In this latest edition the authors have once again succeeded in providing a rich and detailed book that considers the nature and purpose of education as a discipline whilst always encouraging the reader to reflect upon their own educational biographies and histories. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach the text charts the ranging philosophical, sociological and ideological underpinnings of education and draws usefully upon this breadth of interpretations. The reader is consequently encouraged to question their own prejudices and positions in relation to their educational experiences.  A particular strength of the book is the way in which it engages the reader through reader reflections and activities. Consequently this text provides a useful and engaging resource for all students of education throughout their studies.

Stephen Griffin
Senior Lecturer - Education and Professional Studies Newman University College, Birmingham

A first rate introduction to contemporary education studies

Dr Paul Demetriou-Crane
Education, Havering College of FE And HE
June 20, 2019

I will be recommending this text as a core text to students as it provides a good overview of educational issues.

Mrs Deborah Seward
Faculty of Education (Lancaster), University of Cumbria
September 1, 2017

Bartlett and Burton have written a very accessible text for undergraduates and the companion website offers additional useful information. First year undergraduate students will find this to be a very informative and engaging text that will broaden their understanding of core components of education studies as a subject. They will also find contemporary issues that can prompt useful discussions and debates about the nature and purpose of education.

Ms Lorraine Loveland-Armour
Department of Education, Newman University
May 12, 2017

An essential text for undergraduate students studying Education. Student friendly and covers a wide range of key issues in Education Studies – a core textbook on our programme.

Mr Kamal Ahmed
Education, University of Cumbria - London Campus
April 10, 2017

This is an excellent book which brings the development of Education, to where it is today, to life. I will be recommending it to all my students when they are studying their curriculum development module.

Ms Carolyn Appleby
Education , Grimsby Institute of HE & FE
September 18, 2016

A thorough update of this comprehensive text which challenges the learner to consider a wide range of issues from different perspectives. The brief chapter conclusions are useful and the journal article links on the companion website provide accessible routes to deeper study. An excellent addition to my bookshelf!

Mr Philip Selbie
Plymouth Institute of Education, University of Plymouth
June 3, 2016

Provides a clear introduction and overview of principles and theories relating to the study of education. Helpful for students who have not previously studied some of the disciplines which have influenced educational theory such as psychology and sociology as a good overview of the underpinning theories is provided.

Ms Charlotte Dean
Social Work , Hull College
April 11, 2016

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: What is Education Studies?