1. Welcome to the reading list for Education, Policy and the City

    How the list is organised:

    1. Books that are useful for the module.
    2. A list for each session / topic, divided into core (required) readings, and further (optional) reading.
    3. Relevant research-informed blogs, policy briefings and policy texts.
    4. Additional texts recommended by students on the module (past and present).


    Just a few points to help you use and navigate the list:

    • Over the course of the module, please read the whole of our core book, 'The Education Debate', which is available online and in print copies and in the library. We suggest you buy your own copy as it will be useful throughout the course and it is relatively inexpensive. Please note there is a new (2017) edition; either this or the 2013 edition is fine, although if you are ordering new then we suggest you buy the 2017 edition. We will be ordering copies of this new edition for the library, including an e-copy.
    • We know that some of you have limited time available. For each week, the only thing you must read is the 'core' readings. These should be the same in your module guide and here. Usually there are two readings for each week; often one of them is part of our core book, Stephen Ball's 'The Education Debate'. 
    • For each week / theme, we have gathered an array of further readings. We do not expect you to read all of these! They are for your use for when you have time to read more and to pursue particular interests - we have included articles from different educational settings, different perspectives and different geographical contexts. If you are a full-time student, we suggest you have a look every week and choose something that sounds interesting from the recommended / additional reading recommendations.
    • The further readings will also be useful when you come to do your assignment - look particularly at the themes / weeks that you think are most relevant to your assignment, but look in other weeks too (for example, maybe there is something on the country context you are focusing on).

    Finally, if you have further recommended readings to tell us about, please email me (Emma) with the web link, and also perhaps a sentence or two explaining what it is about and why you recommend it - we are always looking to improve and expand the list. We are especially keen to include and expand readings in the following areas: policy in non-school educational contexts; writing and research on education policy from communities and contexts under-represented in academic research (particularly Global South contexts; writers of colour / Black writers; disabled perspectives; LGBTQI perspectives).

    Best wishes


  2. Overview: Books that will be useful for this module 6 items
    You may wish to dip into some of these books in advance or as the module progresses. With the exception of the first, we do not expect you to read all of these books; be selective.
    1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

      Book Core This is the core reader for the module and is essential reading. Please read the whole book. There is an electronic copy available through the library catalogue, as well as hard copies, but you should preferably buy your own (it is not expensive). Note that a new 2017 edition is out now; if you can get hold of this, this will be more up to date, but the 2013 edition will still have the key theoretical approach that we are critically engaging with on this module.

    2. Education in a post-welfare society - Sally Tomlinson 2005

      Book Recommended Mainly UK based. Excellent on history of education policy. Readable.

    3. The public policy process - Michael J. Hill, Frédéric Varone 2017

      Book Recommended Very good on the policy process (in general, rather than focusing on education specifically). Looking at who is involved, how policy is formulated, how policy is evaluated, and much more.

    4. Education, capitalism and the global crisis - Stephen J. Ball, Meg Maguire, Ivor F. Goodson 2012

      Book Recommended Education policy since the financial crisis; a collection of chapters / articles on a variety of national / global examples, by different authors.

    5. Global education inc: new policy networks and the neo-liberal imaginary - Stephen J. Ball 2012

      Book Recommended An excellent introduction to some of the ideas we are exploring on the course, looking at global elements of education policy.

  3. Critical approaches to education policy 10 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read the introduction in advance of the session. This is available electronically and as a hard copy in the library, although we suggest you purchase a copy if possible.

      2. Chapter 7 'Policy Imperatives' - Meg Maguire, Tania de St Croix

        Chapter Core

    2. Processes of Policy Borrowing in Education: some explanatory and analytical devices - David Phillips, Kimberly Ochs 11/2003

      Article Recommended Classic text on international policy borrowing.

    3. Late neoliberalism: Delineating a policy regime - Ian McGimpsey 02/2017

      Article Recommended Useful article on the current policy regime, using educational examples.

  4. The city: A focus for social and policy action 8 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read chapter 1 - this is a long chapter, which introduces some key concepts we will use throughout the module (and we suggest you return to this chapter later on to remind you of some of these concepts). In addition, if you did not read last week's recommended readings (e.g. if you have transferred to this module), please do so now.

      2. Changing urban education - Simon Pratt-Adams, Meg Maguire, Elizabeth Burns c2010

        Book Core Please read chapter 1 in preparation for today's session. This chapter is available digitally on this link (and the entire book is available as an e-book).

    2. East End 1888: a year in a London borough among the labouring poor - William J. Fishman 1988

      Book Recommended

    3. World city - Doreen B. Massey 2007

      Book Recommended

    4. Gender, work and community after de-industrialisation: a psychosocial approach to affect - Valerie Walkerdine, Luis Jimenez 2012

      Book Recommended (Chapter 1: Two Hundred Years of Iron and Steel).

    5. Outcast London: a study in the relationship between classes in Victorian society - Gareth Stedman Jones 2013

      Book Recommended Chaps. 8,9 & 10 HC 258.18 JON (More recent editions of this text are shelved at the Maughan Lane library).

    6. Metropolis, London: histories and representations since 1800 - David Feldman, Gareth Stedman Jones 1989

      Book Additional

  5. Inner City Schooling in the late 19th and early 20th centuries 8 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The urban primary school - Meg Maguire, Tim Wooldridge, Simon Pratt-Adams 2006

        Book Core Read chapter: Contextualising the Urban (pp. 1-15)

      2. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read the beginning of chapter 2: the section that covers the period up to 1944 (up to p73 in the 2nd edition or p74 in the 3rd edition)

    2. Education and the Labour movement, 1870-1920 - Brian Simon 1965

      Book Recommended (see chapter three)

    3. Schools for our cities: urban learning in the 21st century - Richard Riddell 2003

      Book Additional

    4. The Return of Character: Parallels Between Late-Victorian and Twenty-First Century Discourses - Nick Taylor 30/04/2018

      Article Additional Interesting article taking a critical historical look at 'character education' in a UK context

  6. Making and influencing policy: theory and practice 19 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read the beginning of chapter 3 - up to p.126 (top down performance management).

      2. Thinking about policy: finding the best way - H K Colebatch 29/11-01/12 2006

        Document Core This is a conference paper and as such is not widely available; however, we feel it is an exceptionally clear account of some of the issues around the process of education policy. The pdf is available on KEATS.

    2. China’s education policy-making: a policy network perspective - Shuangmiao Han, Fugui Ye 04/07/2017

      Article Recommended This is a long paper. If you don't have time to read the whole thing, please read the introduction and parts 1 and 2 of the literature review (389-395).

    3. Consultants, consultancy and consultocracy in education policymaking in England - Helen M. Gunter, David Hall, Colin Mills 04/07/2015

      Article Recommended

    4. Networks, new governance and education - Stephen J. Ball, Carolina Junemann 2012

      Book Recommended

    5. Struggles and silences: Policy, youth work and the National Citizen Service

      Article Additional Using a specific example from youth work, this article explores the early years of one policy.

  7. From Welfarism to neoliberalism 37 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
    2. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

      Book Recommended Please read the rest of chapter 2 from 1944 onwards, ie pp. 73-117 in the 2nd edition or pp74-116 in the 3rd edition.

    3. Common-sense neoliberalism - Stuart Hall 2013/12/15

      Article Recommended If you have any trouble with the My Reading List link, try this link instead:

    4. The state and education policy - Roger Dale 1989

      Book Additional (esp. chapter 7).

    5. Changing urban education - Simon Pratt-Adams, Meg Maguire, Elizabeth Burns c2010

      Book Additional (chapter 6)

    6. Crisis, what crisis? - Ken Jones 11/2010

      Article Additional

  8. Analysing a policy text 10 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. A curriculum for all? The effects of recent KS4 curriculum, assessment and accountability reforms on English secondary education - Eszter Neumann, Emma Towers, Sharon Gewirtz, Meg Maguire

        Document Core Core reading: This is a lengthy report. If you don't have time to read all of it, just look at the Executive Summary and Key Findings, Section 1 and Section 8. To get an idea of what the Ebacc is, read Section 1 (pp.9-14).

    2. Social constructionism - Vivien Burr 2015

      Book Recommended

    3. Tracing assessment policy discourses in neoliberalised higher education settings - Rille Raaper 14/11/2016

      Article Additional An interesting comparative analysis of policy texts in two higher education contexts.

    4. Constituting neoliberal subjects? ‘Aspiration’ as technology of government in UK policy discourse - Konstanze Spohrer, Garth Stahl, Tamsin Bowers-Brown 05/06/2017

      Article Additional An example of an article that takes a number of recent policy texts and analyses them to build an argument in relation to education policy.

  9. Teachers and educators 30 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read the remainder of chapter 3 - from 'top down performance management' on p.126.

    2. Grassroots youth work: policy, passion and resistance in practice - Tania de St. Croix 2016

      Book Recommended Discusses how youth workers in England, and the young people who use youth services, are affected by - and resist - neoliberal policy.

    3. Legitimation, performativity and the tyranny of a ‘hijacked’ word - Andrew Clapham, Rob Vickers, Jo Eldridge 19/05/2016

      Article Additional

    4. Reforming teaching globally - Maria Teresa Tatto 2007

      Book Additional

    5. Becoming a teacher: issues in secondary teaching - Justin Dillon, Meg Maguire 2011

      Book Additional Read chapter: Reforming Teacher’s and their work

    6. Missing Elements in the Discussion of Teacher Shortages - J. Cowan, D. Goldhaber, K. Hayes, R. Theobald 01/11/2016

      Article Additional On historical aspects of teacher shortages (USA)

    7. Contextualising Policy Work - Meg Maguire, Emma Towers, Eszter Neumann, Sharon Gewirtz

      Article Additional See KEATS for draft copy of paper which is currently under review. You can cite the paper for your essays, but please ask permission before citing in any other work.

    8. NFER: Teacher workforce dynamics in England - Jack Worth, Sarah Lynch, Jude Hillary, Connie Rennie

      Document Additional

  10. Students and young people 33 items
    1. Essential Reading 2 items
      1. Students as Policy Actors: The TDSB Equity Foundation Statement and Commitments to Equity Policy. - Tania Ferfolja

        Article Core LGBTQ students as policy actors in improving policy in a Canadian context

    2. The 2011 Chilean student movement against neoliberal educational policies - Cristián Bellei, Cristian Cabalin, Víctor Orellana 16/03/2014

      Article Recommended

    3. British Muslim university students’ perceptions of Prevent and its impact on their sense of identity - Chris Kyriacou, Beatrice Szczepek Reed, Fatma Said, Ian Davies 23/01/2017

      Article Additional

    4. 'Against Students' - feministkilljoys - Sara Ahmed

      Webpage Recommended Although this is not an academic article in the traditional sense, it is a very thought-provoking longer blog post by Sara Ahmed, which is underpinned by empirical academic research that Ahmed has written up in more depth elsewhere. This post focuses on university students and how they tend to be constructed, including by 'critical' academics. We will debate some of these issues in the class.

    5. ‘Structure liberates?’: mixing for mobility and the cultural transformation of ‘urban children’ in a London academy - Christy Kulz 21/03/2014

      Article Recommended Excellent article on how current policy and school practice produces classed and racialised views of children and communities.

    6. Parental influence in educational decisions: young people’s perspectives - Kristinn Hegna, Ingrid Smette 11/11/2016

      Article Recommended Young people's perspectives on parental decisions in education - Norway

    7. Young, female, and black - Heidi Safia Mirza 1992

      Book Recommended

    8. Young people in a changing society: The Netherlands - Manuela du Bois‐Reymond, Ineke van der Zande 01/1993

      Article Additional

    9. Conceptualizing citizenship: young people and the transition to adulthood - Tom Hall, Howard Williamson, Amanda Coffey 05/1998

      Article Additional

    10. Whatcha Doin' After School? - Malcolm H. Woodland 09/2008

      Article Additional

    11. Children and young people's worlds 11 July 2018

      Book Recommended

  11. Parents as policy actors 26 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
      1. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

        Book Core Please read chapter 4 (with a particular focus on the sections on parenting and choice policies). Also revisit 'Choice and Voice' section on pp.140 - 150

    2. Obliged to calculate: , markets, and equipping parents for calculativeness - Brad Gobby 07/09/2015

      Article Additional Parents and markets - Australian context

    3. Empowering Latino Parents to Transform the Education of Their Children - M. Pstross, A. Rodriguez, R. C. Knopf, C. M. Paris 01/09/2016

      Article Additional

    4. Rethinking social policy - Gail Lewis, Sharon Gewirtz, John Clarke, Open University 2000

      Book Additional The following chapter is recommended: Jessop, B. (2000) From the KWNS to the SWPR

    5. Governing the soul: the shaping of the private self - Nikolas Rose 1999

      Book Additional

    6. Archaeology of knowledge - Michel Foucault 2002

      Book Additional

    7. Responsibilising parents: the nudge towards shadow tutoring - Catherine Doherty, Karen Dooley 21/09/2017

      Article Additional

    8. Factories for learning: making race, class and inequality in the neoliberal academy - Christy Kulz, Alexander Thomas T. Smith 2017

      Book Additional See chapter 7 on parents

  12. Policy enactments 10 items
    1. Essential reading 2 items
    2. The education debate - Stephen J. Ball 2017

      Book Recommended Please read chapter 5 (conclusion); this is a short 9-page chapter.

    3. How schools do policy: policy enactments in secondary schools - Stephen J. Ball, Meg Maguire, Annette Braun, Kate Hoskins 2012

      Book Recommended

    4. Children’s friendships in diverse primary schools: teachers and the processes of policy enactment - Carol Vincent, Sarah Neal, Humera Iqbal 19/01/2016

      Article Recommended A recent article on children's friendships and teacher roles - see what you think of how the authors engage with theory around policy enactment.

    5. Translating policy: governmentality and the reflective teacher - Jane Perryman, Stephen J. Ball, Annette Braun, Meg Maguire 10/04/2017

      Article Additional

  13. Policy briefings, blogs, policy texts etc 10 items
    These texts are good examples of research-informed policy briefings, blogs, and other writing for diverse audiences.
    1. Comment / op-ed: Government policy offers UK universities' competitors a rosy future | Jonathan Wolff | Education | The Guardian

      Webpage Recommended Although a newspaper article, this is a 'comment' (op ed) piece which is similar in style to some blogs.

  14. Student reading recommendations 6 items
    1. Educational studies: an introduction - Lisa Murphy, Emmanuel Mufti, Derek Kassem 2009

      Book Additional Recommended by students as an introductory text for those new to studying education.

    2. The philosophy of education: an introduction - Richard Bailey c2010

      Book Additional Recommended by students as an introductory text for those new to the study of education.

    3. Reframing public policy: discursive politics and deliberative practices - Frank Fischer 2003

      Book Additional Recommended by students in relation to the public policy process

    4. Causal Stories and the Formation of Policy Agendas - Deborah A. Stone 22/1989

      Article Additional Recommended by students in relation to the formation of policy agendas

    5. Social Mobility: And Its Enemies (2018) - L. E. Major, S. Machin

      Book Recommended You may find this book an interesting text to consider when thinking about aspects of welfarism and neoliberalism (Week 5 seminar)

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