Policy and Practice Challenges for Equality in Education
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Policy and Practice Challenges for Equality in Education

Theresa Neimann (Oregon State University, USA), Jonathan J. Felix (RMIT University, Vietnam), Elena Shliakhovchuk (National Transport University, Ukraine) and Lynne L. Hindman (Oregon State University, USA)
Pages: 300|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-7379-2
ISBN13: 9781799873792|ISBN10: 179987379X|EISBN13: 9781799873815|ISBN13 Softcover: 9781799873808


Well-educated populations are important aspects of any contemporary society. Being a key equalizing agent, education increases national development and the positive expansion of communities. Well-educated people are able to take control of their own lives as they are better placed to provide for themselves and their families, to have a wider range of socio-political opportunities, and to participate actively in civil matters. Although most societies today consider education to be a basic right for all their citizens and worthwhile investment for sustainable and equitable futures, there are many questions that can be raised in relation to this.

This book aims at taking a multifaceted look at issues of equality in education as it relates to policy and practice. Topics address various concerns regarding education access, accessibility standards, admissions and enrollment, learning design, quality assurance, and much more. Historical and social contexts play a key role in the framing of this publication as material conditions and lived experiences are shaped by the micro and macro environments in which individuals and groups inhabit and the dominant discourses which shape the production of knowledge and practice.

Social realities have faced accelerated reconfigurations from the mid-20th century to the present time, as ongoing tensions between competing discourses have led to varying social stratifications which often paradoxically enable and mitigate social inequalities in various respects. It is hoped that this publication would constructively provoke a sense of reflexivity needed for education sociologists, policymakers, and other key constituents within education ecosystems to address both common and unique challenges which are experienced worldwide.

As such, this book is not geared towards providing clear and direct solutions to issues of equality in education, but rather to investigate the manifestation of inequalities in various educational contexts and how broader social inequalities are related to education-related matters. This approach provides readers with an opportunity to engage with the complex nature of inequality and the factors which contribute to such undesirable conditions. Equality can be seen as a balancing act where maintaining this often fragile state is less about achieving solutions but rather negotiating tradeoffs which enable a broader cross-section of actors within a given ecosystem the opportunity to experience a range of social benefits in a sustainable fashion.

With this publication, the aim is for its diverse contents of this volume to have practical applicability within the classroom environment and beyond this space, towards other areas of policy and practice where issues of equality need to be addressed. This includes matters which pertain to access, marginalized communities, unequal relations of power, discrimination, nepotism, and other restrictions which undermine the work of educators and their respective institutions


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