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Pring, Richard – Oxford Review of Education, 2019
The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is making it a requirement of all schools within the Emirates (both public and private) to follow a programme of moral education (MEP), at all ages from grades 1 to 13, which is designed centrally. Explicitly secular and humanist in its approach, this is a remarkable development in a country where Islam is the…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethical Instruction, Foreign Countries, Educational Policy
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Daniels, Harry; Tse, Hau Ming; Stables, Andrew; Cox, Sarah – Oxford Review of Education, 2017
In this paper we present the findings of an investigation into the ways in which the discourses and practices of school design produce educational spaces which influence the discourses and practices of teaching and learning when the building is occupied. It expands notions of post occupancy evaluation (POE) research by exploring how the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Facilities Design, Secondary Schools, Building Design
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Davies, Richard – Oxford Review of Education, 2015
Elective Home Education is a legal, minority approach to the compulsory education of children. I review the potential contribution of the historical analysis of "domestic pedagogies", presented in this Special Issue, for home education practice in the UK. By drawing on narratives of a period at the cusp of the perceived normalcy of…
Descriptors: Home Schooling, Educational History, Educational Development, Educational Practices
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Lewis, Theodore – Oxford Review of Education, 2014
Booker T. Washington was born a slave in the American South, rising remarkably in the period after slavery to become a leader of his race. His advocacy of appeasement with the Southern white establishment incurred the ire of his black peers, given the withdrawal of the franchise from ex-slaves in southern states after a brief period of positive…
Descriptors: Change Agents, African American Education, Educational Philosophy, Vocational Education
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Thorburn, Malcolm – Oxford Review of Education, 2014
In recent years there has been a heightened interest in educating for well-being; the belief that even when beset by economic gloom, schools can be a civilising force for good and can help make young people's lives more fulfilling and meaningful. However, the relative lack of conceptual analysis on well-being values and how they can flourish in…
Descriptors: Well Being, Values, Individual Development, Educational Policy
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Aviram, Aharon; Assor, Avi – Oxford Review of Education, 2010
This paper responds to Michael Hand's argument in "Against autonomy as an educational aim" ("Oxford Review of Education", 32, 535-550), refutes it and identifies two faults at its foundation. Through this criticism, the paper makes a substantiated case, both theoretical and empirical, for endorsing the value of education for…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Personal Autonomy, Democracy, Educational Objectives
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Webb, Darren – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
This paper explores the way in which the concept of utopia is employed within contemporary educational theory. Confronted with the relentless marketisation and managerialisation of education, there is a growing willingness to embrace utopianism as a means of bolstering hope, opening up new possibilities and catalysing change. At the same time,…
Descriptors: Educational Theories, Social Change, Concept Formation, Realism
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Davies, Peter; Davies, Neil; Hutton, David; Adnett, Nick; Coe, Robert – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
Recent policy in England has suggested that educational outcomes will be raised if schools specialise in particular subjects. In contrast, calls for the reform of 16-19 education have suggested that these outcomes will be improved if students become less specialised in their studies. At present, there is a limited evidence base from which to judge…
Descriptors: Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries
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Whitty, Geoff – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
The December 2008 special issue of the "Oxford Review of Education" provided a review of education policy during Tony Blair's tenure as Prime Minister. This paper forms a response to the ten contributions to that special issue and discusses some of the issues raised in them. While a few positive aspects of education under New Labour were…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Educational Policy
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Younger, Mike; Warrington, Molly – Oxford Review of Education, 2009
This paper reflects upon the nature of a target-setting and mentoring scheme in an 11-16 school in England, through a series of retrospective interviews with students who continued into further education. It considers the extent to which the initiative impacted both upon students' formal academic achievement at 16+ and upon the subsequent…
Descriptors: Mentors, Academic Achievement, Foreign Countries, Interviews
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Radford, Mike – Oxford Review of Education, 2008
The dominant discourse in research, management and teaching is one that may loosely be characterised as that of prediction and control. The objective of research is to identify causal correlations within policy, management, teaching strategies and educational outcomes that are sufficiently robust as to be able to predict outcomes and make…
Descriptors: Models, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education, Prediction
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Backes-Gellner, Uschi; Veen, Stephan – Oxford Review of Education, 2008
Central examinations--that is, centrally set and marked exams--have often been discussed as an instrument for improving educational outcomes. The aim of our study was to determine whether central exams have an impact not only on educational but also on labour market outcomes. We explain school quality choice through the incentives created by…
Descriptors: Wages, Quasiexperimental Design, Educational Objectives, Outcomes of Education
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Hand, Michael – Oxford Review of Education, 2006
It is widely held that personal autonomy is a quality of character at which educators ought to aim. In this paper I argue that those who hold this view are misguided. I identify two ordinary senses of autonomy, and a range of technical senses currently popular with philosophers, and show that none of them constitutes a defensible educational aim.…
Descriptors: Personal Autonomy, Educational Philosophy, Educational Objectives, Self Determination
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Reeves, Jenny; Boreham, Nick – Oxford Review of Education, 2006
It is frequently asserted that schools and local authorities should become "learning organisations" as a pre-condition for school improvement, but there is very little evidence about the specific processes and activities involved in such a transformation. This paper analyses the initial stages of the implementation by a Scottish local…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Learning Strategies, Organizational Development, Program Implementation
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Sayer, John – Oxford Review of Education, 2006
This paper reflects on the usefulness and applicability of comparative inquiry for policy and practice in education development projects involving universities within the EU or EEA (Socrates, Erasmus, etc.) and especially in technical aid and outreach programmes (Tempus etc.), using concrete examples, exploring the distinctions made in EU…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Surveys, Outreach Programs, Educational Objectives
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