ABSTRACT

This fully updated, fourth edition of An Introduction to the Study of Education provides a comprehensive and reflective introduction to the study of education, inviting students to question what education is, who it is for and what purpose it serves. Taking the reader from the early years through to lifelong learning, it examines all forms of education and learning.

This new edition includes ten completely new chapters and a step-by-step guide to essay writing. There is also a companion website to accompany the book, featuring additional chapters which can be visited at www.routledge.com/cw/matheson.This fully updated, fourth edition provides:

  • a full exploration of the historical, sociological, philosophical and psychological roots of education;
  • a clear focus on the individual levels of education – preschool, compulsory, post-compulsory and lifelong learning;
  • the latest debates within special educational needs;
  • an in-depth examination of learning styles;
  • insights into the historical development of education and the role of, and background to, research in education;
  • a focus on current educational practice and diversity across the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Written in a clear and accessible style, this is the essential core text for all beginning students on undergraduate and postgraduate courses in Education Studies and all those interested in education today, where it came from and where it is going.

chapter 1|18 pages

What is education?

ByDAVID MATHESON

chapter 2|17 pages

Ideology in education in the United Kingdom

ByCATHERINE MATHESON

chapter 3|28 pages

Theories of learning: constructive experience

ByREG DENNICK

chapter 5|15 pages

Psychology in education

ByGRAHAM MITCHELL

chapter 6|20 pages

Learning styles: implications for teaching and learning

ByJOHN PELLEY

chapter 7|16 pages

Assessment

ByTIM HEYWOOD

chapter 9|13 pages

Schooling in Ireland: policy and practice from penal times to the present day

ByDEIRDRE RAFTERY, MARTINA RELIHAN

chapter 10|23 pages

Education in Scotland

ByDAVID MATHESON

chapter 11|10 pages

Education in Wales

ByALISON MURPHY

chapter 12|18 pages

Early childhood education and care in the UK

ByALICE MONGIELLO

chapter 13|28 pages

Compulsory education in the United Kingdom

ByIAN MENTER, CARMEL GALLAGHER, LOUISE HAYWARD, DOMINIC WYSE

chapter 14|33 pages

Post- compulsory education (further and higher education)

ByCATHERINE MATHESON, PHILIP WOODWARD

chapter 15|15 pages

Lifelong learning

ByCATHERINE MATHESON, DAVID MATHESON

chapter 16|13 pages

Comparing educational systems

ByTREVOR CORNER, NIGEL GRANT

chapter 17|16 pages

Education and development: the contribution of comparative education

ByDOMINIQUE GROUX

chapter 18|13 pages

Special educational needs in context: a historical overview

ByMARY KELLETT

chapter 19|21 pages

‘Race’, ethnicity and education: the English experience

ByJOHN STANLEY

chapter 20|13 pages

Schooling and social class

ByMICHAEL WYNESS

chapter 21|16 pages

Gender in education

ByJANE MARTIN

chapter 22|13 pages

Debates in educational research

ByABDELJALIL AKKARI, BERNARD WENTZEL

chapter 23|16 pages

Research in professional contexts

ByCATHERINE MATHESON, DAVID MATHESON