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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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A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

A sociology of education policy: past, present and future

(p.193) 5 A sociology of education policy: past, present and future
The education debate

Stephen J. Ball

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on some of the circularities and discontinuities within education policy and flags up for further attention some of the recurring themes in the book as a whole: the changing form and modalities of the state; the production of ‘new learners’; the subordination of education to economic imperatives; policy convergence, across countries and across sectors; the ‘privatization’ of public-sector education, and the ‘joining up’ of social and educational policies. It concludes the account and interpretation of education policy by focusing on a set of general issues that have arisen and recurred in the foregoing text: first, by looking at ‘dissolutions and conservations’ within current education policy; second, by thinking about how education and education policy are being reconfigured in space and time. The chapter also discusses ongoing trends.

Keywords:   circularities, discontinuities, education policy, state modalities, new learners, economic imperatives, policy convergence, privatisation, dissolutions and conservations, ongoing trends

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