Introduction to Education Studies

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Education Studies is a broad, multi-disciplinary and rapidly growing field. Now fully updated, Introduction to Education Studies has proven itself to be the key text for students of the subject for over a decade, leading readers through the field's key strands, concepts and applications without assuming any prior knowledge. Bartlett and Burton provide first-time students and those engaged in more advanced aspects of the subject with all the tools that they need to approach Education Studies and also encourage a critical, questioning approach which will put them in good stead for further study and professional practice. The new edition includes: -A new section dealing with the Policy framework -New material on Citizenship -A new section on comparative and international perspectives -New coverage of SEN and Inclusion -A thorough redesign of the text to make it as easy to use as possible Introduction to Education Studies is the must have text for all students on Education Studies courses. Steve Bartlett is Professor of Education Studies at the University of Wolverhampton. Diana Burton is Professor of Education and Pro Vice Chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University.

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'Highly readable and comprehensive introduction to education studies'
- Robert Legg, Senior Lecturer, Westminster Institute of Education at Oxford Brookes University

'The authors have provided an essential companion to studies in Education. Importantly, it reinforces the neccessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of contested educational ideas and practices in a contemporary context'
- Dave Trotman, Newman University College

Praise for the second edition:

`The authors have provided an important resource for student study in education. Importantly, it reinforces the necessity of a multi-disciplinary approach to the understanding of contested educational process and practices in a contemporary context'
- Dave Trotman, Escalate

'This is a good introductory text book which introduces students to essential concepts they will encounter in the study of education. Throughout, the book has useful sections for reflecting on learning'
- Dr Claire Tupling, Department of Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University

In my opinion, the strengths of this text are many. First, it is very readable; the tone is engaging and encourages the reader to work through the whole text. Secondly, the fact that a companion website has been created to support the books is of particular significance. The third strength is the inclusion of reader reflexion boxes, containing questions or topics for consideration.  Finally, a recommended reading list at the end of each chapter, identifying relevant additional reading on each of the topics, provides the student with a complete ‘learning package’. (Moira Bailey Scottish Educational Review 2013-11-08)


Steve’s research interests are in practitioner research where he has worked with networks of teachers on the development of their classroom evaluations. He has also been involved with the development of Education Studies as a subject in HE. Steve has been chair of the British Education Studies Association and was more recently involved in the review of the Education Studies Subject Benchmarks for QAA.

Steve currently teaches research methods on the master’s in leadership and management and education studies on the combined awards program.

Professor Diana Burton is pro vice chancellor at Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), having joined the university as Dean of Education, Community and Leisure in 2002. Starting her career teaching secondary pupils in a challenging community, she became a teacher educator at Manchester Metropolitan University from 1989 – 2002. As a member of LJMU’s senior management team, Diana contributes to the corporate strategic development and leads all aspects of research and the student experience. She holds a Masters degree and PhD from the University of Birmingham and has published several books and journal articles on aspects of education studies and teacher development. She is involved in a number of research projects. Diana is governor of Riverside College, Halton having recently stepped down as Chair after four years. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and of the Higher Education Academy. Diana is married to an education professor and together they have four sons who have between them experienced three types of post-16 education. Diana is passionate about improving opportunities for disadvantaged young people and is keen to help the post-16 sector exploit its crucial role in this regard.

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