British secondary education has changed in major ways since 1945. This book examines some consequences and implications of both change and stability, drawing on a unique series of national surveys of school leavers in Scotland. The authors provide an empirical and theoretical account of central problems of contemporary schooling. Their analysis covers: certification, curriculum and selection; the effects of educational expansion; trends in educational inequality; the impact of comprehensive reorganisation; truancy and alienation from schooling; the explanation of differences in performance between schools and the implications for the public accountability of schools. From these analyses the authors develop a critique of the `theory' of the education system that underpinned expansion. They examine this theory's logical and empirical status as `myth' and elaborate how the political system and social science might jointly overcome some of the methodological difficulties that beset social and educational research.
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 4
Weight: 767 g
Dimensions: 235 x 159 mm
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