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Equity in Education

An International Comparison of Pupil Perspectives


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 3-8
    3. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 9-29
  3. Rethinking Equity in Education

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 31-31
    2. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 33-47
    3. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 48-56
  4. Listening to Pupils

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 57-57
    2. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 59-72
    3. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 73-92
  5. Illustrating Pupils’ Sense of Justice

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 93-93
    2. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 95-113
    3. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 114-140
  6. Putting It All Together

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 143-154
    3. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 155-171
    4. Stephen Gorard, Emma Smith
      Pages 172-184
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 185-199

About this book


Based on the views of teenagers across Europe and in the Far East, this book argues that we need to reconsider how we judge schools and what they are for. It shows that the treatment of pupils in schools makes more difference to teenagers' views on society, and on what it means to be fair, than it does to differences in attainment.



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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.University of BirminghamUK

About the authors

STEPHEN GORARD is Professor of Education Research at the University of Birmingham, UK. Recent publications include Overcoming the Barriers to Higher Education; Adult Learning in the Digital Age and Teacher Supply: The Key Issues. He is particularly interested in the process and quality of research, having recently led the UK ESRC Research Capacity-building Network, and an ESRC Researcher Development Initiative to improve the understanding of randomised controlled trials in social science. 
EMMA SMITH is Reader in the School of Education, University of Birmingham, UK. She is interested in equity issues in the field of education and in the role that educational policy can play in reducing inequalities and closing achievement gaps. She is a former Chemistry teacher and SENCO and is currently carrying out research into pupils' views of fairness in school, as well as into patterns of participation in Higher Education science programmes.

Bibliographic information


'Gorard and Smith's work deserves attention. Methodologically sound, conceptually focused, clearly expressed and including useful practical recommendations, this is a book that should make an impact.' Evaluation & Research in Education