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White, John – London Review of Education, 2018
This article offers a philosophical critique of Michael Young's notion of 'powerful knowledge', as found largely in his own but also in others' writings since 2009. The first part of the article focuses on the definitional connection that Young makes between 'powerful knowledge' and systematic relationships between concepts. It argues that most of…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Epistemology, Knowledge Level, Curriculum Development
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White, John – London Review of Education, 2013
It is time to replace the examination regime at 16 and 18 by something more appropriate. The coalition government has been solidifying its place by its Baccalaureate reforms at both ages, but this is a move in quite the wrong direction. Whatever the wider purposes that the examination system may serve, its core aim is to find out how well students…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, Educational Testing, Testing Programs
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White, John – London Review of Education, 2005
A prominent thesis of British philosophy of education in the 1960s was that the pursuit of different forms of knowledge is central to education. The fact that the thesis is difficult to justify philosophically raises questions about its historical provenance. The idea of such a curriculum can be traced back through the history of the middle-class…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Foreign Countries, Curriculum, Educational History