Who are the key thinkers in education?

What are the hot topics in education?

Where will education go from here?

The Routledge Companion to Education presents the most comprehensive, up-to-date guide available to the key theories, themes and topics in education. Forty specially commissioned chapters, covering all aspects of education, introduce you to the ideas, research and issues that have shaped this most diverse, dynamic and fluid field.

  • Part one provides an introduction to the key theories, thinkers and disciplines within education
  • Part two covers ideas and issues about how, what and why learning takes place
  • Part three includes analysis on particular approaches to education and explores the issues that attract much contemporary interest.

Written by an international team of expert contributors, the chapters all include a descriptive introduction, an analysis of the key ideas and debates, an overview of the latest research, key questions for research and carefully selected further reading.

The Routledge Companion to Education is a succinct, detailed, authoritative overview of the topics which are at the forefront of educational research and discourse today. This classic collection is a bookshelf essential for every student and scholar serious about the study of education. 

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Section 1: Educational foundations

chapter 1|8 pages

Liberal education

chapter 2|9 pages


chapter 3|8 pages

Civic republicanism

chapter 5|11 pages


chapter 6|10 pages

History of education

chapter 7|8 pages

Sociology of education

chapter 8|9 pages

Philosophy of education

chapter 9|11 pages

Educational psychology: Richard Farnan

chapter 10|8 pages

Economics of education

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Section 2: Teaching and learning

chapter 11|10 pages


chapter 12|8 pages


chapter 14|11 pages


chapter 15|10 pages

Motivation and behaviour

chapter 16|11 pages


chapter 17|12 pages


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Section 3: Organisation and issues in education

chapter 18|8 pages

Early childhood education and care

chapter 19|11 pages

Education and schooling 5–11 years

chapter 22|10 pages

Lifelong learning

chapter 23|9 pages

Alternative education: Paul Warwick

chapter 24|8 pages

Citizenship education

chapter 25|10 pages

Social class and education

chapter 26|8 pages

Comparative education

chapter 27|9 pages

Development education

chapter 29|8 pages

Neuroscience and education

chapter 30|10 pages


chapter 31|10 pages


chapter 32|12 pages

Well-being and education

chapter 34|8 pages

Multicultural education

chapter 35|9 pages

Education policy

chapter 38|10 pages

Sustainable development

chapter 39|8 pages

Technologies and learning: Michael Hammond

chapter 40|9 pages

Values education