The Education Debate

Stephen J. Ball

The Education Debate

Stephen J. Ball

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 x 7 3/4
Paper $23.95 ISBN: 9781447339281 Published October 2017 For sale in North and South America only

Education is a hot-button political issue across the globe. It is seen as a crucial factor in ensuring economic productivity and competitiveness and in generating social mobility and tackling social inequality—but are these goals feasible or compatible? Focusing on education policy in the United Kingdom, Stephen J. Ball, in this fully updated third edition of The Education Debate, guides us through the flood of government initiatives and policies of the past twenty years. Ball looks at how policy interventions have changed the landscape and meaning of education, turned children into “learners” and parents into “consumers,” and played their part in the reformation of contemporary governance.

Review Quotes
Higher Education Review, on prior edition

"The Education Debate is a tour de force not only for its authority and penetration but also . . . its accessibility."

Critical Social Policy, on prior edition
"Insightful and wholly accessible and contributes to broader debates about education policy, initiatives, and economic imperatives found across public services."
Runnymede Bulletin, on prior edition
"His introduction to key concepts should be required reading both for those engaged in policy making processes and those seeking to influence change in education."
Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin–Madison, on prior edition
The Education Debate is one of the clearest and most insightful analyses of education policy I have ever read. In this new edition, Ball once again documents why his work is essential for our understanding of educational politics and processes. The book can serve as a model for how one can write about these complex issues.”
Bob Lingard, University of Edinburgh, on prior edition

“Ball provides the intellectual resources for understanding how education policy is produced, what it seeks to do, and what its effects are. Theoretically and empirically adroit, it is essential reading for all those needing to understand education policy and politics.”

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