The Education Debate

Second Edition

Stephen J. Ball

The Education Debate

Stephen J. Ball

Distributed for Bristol University Press

256 pages | 4 figures, 4 tables | 5 x 7 3/4 | © 2013
Paper $26.95 ISBN: 9781447306887 Published April 2013 For sale in North and South America only
In this fully updated edition of The Education Debate, Stephen J. Ball guides us through a flood of government initiatives and policies concerning education over the past twenty years, showing how these 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. Analyzing current policies and ideas around education from a sociological approach, he addresses issues of class, choice, globalization, race, and citizenship. The book will interest student teachers, other students of politics and social policy courses, and the general reader who wants to go beyond the simplistic analyses of newspapers. 
List of tables, figures and boxes
List of abbreviations
About the author
Preface by Michael Hill, Series Editor

Introduction: education, education, education policy
1. Introduction to key concepts: education policy, economic necessity and public service reform
2. Class, comprehensives and continuities: a short history of English education policy
3. Current policy models and The UK Government’s Approach to Public Service Reform
4. Current key issues: forms of policy and forms of inequity
5. A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

Review Quotes
Michael W. Apple, University of Wisconsin–Madison
The Education Debate is one of the clearest and most insightful analyses of education policy I have ever read. In this new edition, Stephen 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.”
Higher Education Review

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

Critical Social Policy
"Insightful and wholly accessible and contributes to broader debates about education policy, initiatives, and economic imperatives found across public services."
Runnymede Bulletin
"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."
Bob Lingard, University of Edinburgh
"Stephen 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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