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Lost Generation?: New Strategies for Youth and Education (Paperback)
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Lost Generation?: New Strategies for Youth and Education (Paperback)

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Paperback 192 Pages / Published: 31/03/2010
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This is a concise account of the current difficulties in education and employment, offering positive strategies for future policy. Education and training faces its own credit crunch as unemployment rises. The growing lack of legitimation creates a space for an open debate on its future and purpose. The coherent account presented in this book contributes to this debate by concisely explaining how what sometimes appears to be an almost terminal crisis in schools, colleges and universities is related to the changing relationship between young people, educational qualifications and employment in the early 21st century. Uniquely, the authors combine their experience of teaching at all levels to present a comprehensive analysis ranging from primary to postgraduate schools. Accessible and direct in style, it argues that radical alternatives are required and that for the first time opportunities exist to have a wider debate about not only what education is for, but also what it could be for. The book ends with positive proposals for future strategies bringing together students and teachers in new conceptions of education and democracy as the only way to break the impasse in education at all levels.

Publisher: Continuum Publishing Corporation
ISBN: 9781441134707
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 10 mm

'Tired about being lied to over education and told, if you have a university degree, that "In a few years the majority of graduates will be doing as well as they always have"? Want to know what's currently going on in schools and universities and why? Want to know what can be done to transform the treadmill? Then read Lost Generation. Now.'
Danny Dorling, Professor of Human Geography, University of Sheffield, UK
'A thought provoking critique of the education system at a critical time for Britain's "lost generation" of young people.'
Wes Streeting, President, National Union of Students (NUS), UK
'With wit and simplicity, insight and passion, Allen and Ainley illuminate how the promise of "education, education, education" has come to this miserable end - and what can be done to get us out of it.'
Ken Jones, Head of Department of Education, Goldsmiths' College, University of London, UK
'This is an intelligent, provocative and accessible book. It makes sense of the nonsense that passes for contemporary education policy and importantly puts education policy into the context of global economics. Its arguments are sophisticated and compelling and above all timely. Allen and Ainley's book is the sort of education policy analysis that speaks to the experience of education policy - the experience of teachers, learners, and parents. It brings sense and insight to the anxieties, frustrations and dilemmas of those inside policy and with careful discussion and calm argument it looks for what can be saved from the current crisis in what it means to be educated.'
Stephen Ball, Karl Mannheim Professor of Sociology of Education, Institute of Education, University of London, UK

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