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The nature and purposes of education
The nature and purposes of education

Author(s): Paul Standish
Subject(s): Cultural Essay, Political Essay, Societal Essay
Published by: Фондация за хуманитарни и социални изследвания - София
Keywords: education; purpose; liberal education; vocational education; progressivism; information; communications; perfectibility; perfectionism

Summary/Abstract: In Roger Marples's useful collection The Aims of Education (1999), a number of contributors sketch the different ways in which the question of aims has been addressed in educational theory. Kevin Harris's approach is indicative. Recognising the salience of such questions in the study of education, he explains: "in the fi rst lecture of every course I give, I stress that 'education' is a changing, contextual and often highly personalised, historically and politically constructed concept." To illus trate this Harris reads some dictionary defi nitions and gives examples of stated "aims of education," what R. S. Peters called, with some disparagement, "high level direct ives for education".

  • Issue Year: 2008
  • Issue No: 26
  • Page Range: 13-24
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: English