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Studying Education: An introduction to the study and exploration of education

by Janet Lord Learning Matters
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This new text for education undergraduates covers a broad range of themes from across the education sector and focuses on some key contemporary issues. The text includes links to both up-to-date research and more seminal, often cited research and theories.


An introduction to the study and exploration of education.


This book gives readers a strong introduction to what education is, the challenges it faces and how to study education at university and beyond. It also explores how educationalists research, engage with debate and explore particular themes and how this impacts on their practice.

This book:


Covers key themes, foundation knowledge and essential theory from across the education sector

Supports students in knowing what to study and understand – and how to study and develop their understanding

Helps readers to see the ‘bigger picture’ of education

Includes support for academic writing, critical exploration of themes, evaluating evidence and engaging with debates


Part 1
The multidisciplinary field of education and its complexities - Janet Lord
How does the study of other subjects expand our understanding of education? - David Menendez Hevia
What are the main factors affecting school organisation and the curriculum in England today? - Stephen Rayner
How does identity shape young people's experiences of schooling and education? - Kate Hoskins
What counts as social justice education? - Edda Sant Obiols
Part 2
What makes good teaching and learning? - Helen Underhill
What's so great about Finland? - Andrew Brogan
What are theories of learning and how can we use them? - Liz Gregory
What are schools for? - Kate Bacon and Zoe O'Riordan
What is learning outside the classroom? - Liz Parr
Why do some children in the UK do better at school than others? - Jayshree Henry
How can we provide children with special educational needs with a quality learning experience? - Jonathan Glazzard and Samuel Stones
Teacher identity, teaching and pedagogical approaches - Rachel Stenhouse
What is vocational learning? - Steve Ingle
Part 3
Social justice in education
Leadership and management in education
Early years education and play
Mental health and wellbeing
Technology in the classroom
Global citizenship education

Janet Lord has worked as a social sciences teacher and a lecturer in HE for many years, specialising in education studies, teacher education and social sciences.  She has a professional doctorate in education from the University of Manchester. Janet has experience in school governance and educational consultancy.  Her research and writing concerns pedagogy, student experience, assessment, the nature of critical spaces in HE, and in initial teacher education. Janet is currently a senior lecturer in Education Studies at Manchester Metropolitan University.