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The education debatePolicy and Politics in the Twenty-First Century$
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Stephen J. Ball

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9781861349200

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.001.0001

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Class, comprehensives and continuities: a short history of English education policy

Class, comprehensives and continuities: a short history of English education policy

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(p.55) 2 Class, comprehensives and continuities: a short history of English education policy
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The education debate
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Stephen J. Ball

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781861349200.003.0003

This chapter deals with the history of English education policy, a history of the present, and how the institution progressed. It notes that this cursory history of education policy is used as a way of explaining some of the contemporary patterns of the English education system and why the system looks like it does. The chapter draws some parallels between contemporary education-policy issues and those in play at the beginning of education policy in the mid-nineteenth century, and some of the generic themes, continuities, recurrences, patterns, and trends in education policy.

Keywords:   history, English education policy, contemporary education policy, mid-nineteenth century, generic themes, continuities, recurrences, patterns, trends

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