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Trading in Futures : UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP - Sue Watson

Trading in Futures

UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP

Paperback Published: 1st May 1999
ISBN: 9780335202775
Number Of Pages: 206

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This book shows that the faith in educational markets is misplaced. Throughout the English speaking world and now Western Europe and parts of East Asia parental choice and educational markets are being seen by politicians and policy advisors as the panacea to problems of low educational standards and social exclusion. This book is the first to systematically test the key assumptions underlying the faith in markets by linking an analysis of parental choice to flows of students between schools and their impact on school effectiveness. The results of this study suggest that the ability to realize choices is dependent on social class, gender and ethnicity and that this can have a negative impact on some schools' performance. Rather than raising standards the impact of markets is to polarise them, leading to an impoverished education for many students.This important book will be vital reading for students of educational policy, sociology of education and school effectiveness and improvement, educational researchers, academics and policymakers.

"...very readable...a useful addition to this excellent Open University Press series." - Education Review "...a very timely book...of considerable help to providers wishing to ensure that young children gain the best possible foundationfor their later more formal literacy learning." - New Era inEducation

Acknowledgementsp. vii
Introductionp. 1
The magic of the market?p. 4
Revealing the magician's tricks: the hidden hand of political conflictp. 21
Structuring the market: global orthodoxies, local politicsp. 34
Choice and power in the marketp. 42
The hidden injuries of school choicep. 63
Polarizing intakes: the impact of educational competitionp. 82
The impact of markets on school performancep. 111
Conclusionp. 131
Appendixp. 139
Notesp. 171
Referencesp. 176
Indexp. 186
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ISBN: 9780335202775
ISBN-10: 0335202772
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 206
Published: 1st May 1999
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.31