Education, Disadvantage and Place

Making the Local Matter

Kirstin Kerr, Alan Dyson, and Carlo Raffo

Education, Disadvantage and Place

Kirstin Kerr, Alan Dyson, and Carlo Raffo

Distributed for Bristol University Press

224 pages | 6 x 9 | © 2014
Paper $45.95 ISBN: 9781447311201 Published December 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cloth $116.00 ISBN: 9781447311195 Published October 2014 For sale in North and South America only
Cuts to education funding throughout the developed world are making it more important than ever that we understand the link between education, disadvantage, and place. This book is the first to focus in depth on area-based initiatives in the struggle for educational equality, bringing together a wide range of evidence on the effectiveness of past initiatives, identifying promising recent developments, and outlining innovative ways forward. Drawing on these findings, it offers guidance for local policy makers, educators, and social workers to help them actively respond to the complexities of place.

Why place matters in education
Local education systems as products of place: a case study
Learning from the past
Learning from the present
A rationale for a new generation of area-based initiatives
Developing understandings of place as a basis for intervention
Evaluation and monitoring
Governance and accountability
Children and places in hard times: some concluding thoughts

Review Quotes
LSE Review of Books blog

"Written in a style which will find favour with practitioners seeking a clear link between evidence and policy, and postgraduate students and academics researching in the fields of community, local government, education, and disadvantage."

Hal A. Lawson, University at Albany, SUNY

"A path-breaking book that provides strategies and lessons learned for professionals and concerned citizens world wide."

Michael Bradford, University of Manchester
"An illuminating and original contribution that presents ways of intervening successfully to improve the opportunities and lives of the disadvantaged."
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