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Transforming education policy
Shaping a democratic future

Philip A. Woods
Paperback, 224 pages, 234 x 156 mm
Other formats available
06 Jul 2011


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"I can think of few colleagues who write with the insight, fluency and passion on the subject of democracy and schooling than Philip Woods. His latest book Transforming Education Policy: Shaping a Democratic Future is destined to become a classic. "
Fenwick W. English, School of Education, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
"As practical as it is principled and thoughtful, Philip Woods’ latest book breaks important new ground in a characteristically engaging way."
Michael Fielding, Institute of Education
"Philip Woods has summarised admirably the historic problems confronting any public-facing organisation whose mission is related to the life chances of young citizens in democratic countries. He has a challenging, and often radical, view of democracy which nevertheless carries the conviction of reasoned persuasion about the ultimately attainable. At its heart is a view of human freedom and dignity which draws strength and inspiration from ideals that transcend passing political fashion."
Martin Ashley, Edge Hill University

About This Book

Education is in a state of continual change and schools ever more diverse. People want more participation and meaning in their lives; organisations want more creativity and flexibility. Building on these trends, this timely book argues that a new paradigm is emerging in education, sowing the seeds of a self-organising system that values holistic democracy. It is an essential read for anyone (academics, policy-makers, practitioners, students, parents, school sponsors and partners) who is interested in how education can broaden its horizons.

Author Biography

Professor Philip Woods holds a Chair in Educational Policy, Democracy and Leadership at the University of Hertfordshire, UK, as well as being Co-director of FreeSpirit Education and Vice Chair of the British Educational Leadership Management and Administration Society. He is an internationally recognised scholar with extensive research experience and publications in the field of educational leadership and policy.


New openings
Driving democracy
Radicalising entrepreneurialism
The rise of plural control
A different view: organic meta-governance
The concept of adaptive strategies
Embodying change
Degrees of democracy
Practice in the making
Energies for change


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