This book explores undergraduate education programmes in a new way. Written by those at the forefront of teaching and learning, it encourages students to delve beneath the surface of their degree subject and reveals important insights about the how, why and where next for education studies.

With contributions from course leaders, tutors, current students and recent graduates, this book offers insights from nearly 60 authors based in 20 different institutions from five different countries. The chapters offer opportunities for readers to consider their own learning experiences in a wider context, enhance their understanding of the degree course and actively shape the education studies community of the future.

Each chapter is written in an accessible way, with ‘questions to consider’ throughout and ‘recommended readings’ at the end to advance readers’ thinking and reflections. Chapters cover topics such as:

  • Education Studies’ development as a degree subject
  • Its evolving identity, values and purposes
  • Teaching and assessment approaches in undergraduate education programmes
  • How the subject develops students’ professional aptitudes and transferable skills
  • Possibilities for advancing inclusion, equity and justice in education at degree level

These ‘behind the scenes’ factors are brought to the fore through case studies and examples of how lecturers and students make sense of their teaching and learning. With its unique approach to examining these issues, this book is essential for students of Education Studies at undergraduate level while also being relevant for staff and postgraduate students in education.

chapter 1|3 pages


part Section 2|72 pages

Practices and pedagogies of education studies

chapter 7|9 pages

Assessment for transformation

Adopting a humanist approach to assessment and feedback on a BA Education course

chapter 8|10 pages

Student achievement and wellbeing

Understanding motivation through self-determination theory

chapter 9|7 pages

Taking a global perspective

The nature and value of comparative and international education (CIE) in UK universities

chapter 10|9 pages

Being ‘international’

The opportunities and challenges of studying education as an international student

chapter 11|5 pages

Learning about research methods

A case study

chapter 12|8 pages

Education for sustainability

Connecting students to outdoor learning via forest school

part Section 3|66 pages

Challenge and change in education studies

chapter 14|7 pages

Education and democracy

The public sphere reclaimed for educational study

chapter 16|9 pages

Inclusive curriculum matters

Co-creating a decolonised education curriculum through student voices

chapter 17|9 pages

Speaking through silence

Embracing fear and shame in anti-racist education

part Section 4|31 pages

The personal and professional in education studies

chapter 23|6 pages

Placements as mediational transitions

An opportunity for negotiated, identity-shaping make-belief experiences

chapter 24|9 pages

More than your degree title

Transferable skills, employability and diverse opportunities for education students