Carl Parsons is a Visiting Professor of Social Inclusion Studies at the University of Greenwich. He was previously Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University and Head of the Department of Educational Research until August 2009. His background is in research into exclusions, poverty and attainment and other equality issues in education. He is an experienced evaluator and social research methodologist.
Carl's major professional preoccupation in recent years has been on strategies, structures, roles and practices to manage the continued education of children and young people who are excluded from school, at risk of disconnecting from education or are disadvantaged. In this, he makes the case for ecological thinking, whereby the school is one force for children’s care and development, but cannot do the job alone. He is also examining the deleterious effects of the quasi-privatisation of education and the rise of 'edubusiness'.
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