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Hand, Michael – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
John White and John Tillson have both raised objections to the theory of moral education I have recently advanced. Here I reply to their objections and offer some critical remarks on the alternative accounts of moral education they propose.
Descriptors: Ethical Instruction, Beliefs, Ideology, Information Dissemination
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Kristjánsson, Kristján – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
Despite renewed interest in moral role-modelling and its emotional underpinnings, further conceptual work is needed on the logical geography of the emotions purportedly driving it, in particular, admiration, emulation and elevation. In this article, I explore admiration (as understood by Linda Zagzebski), emulation (as understood by Aristotle) and…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Role Models, Attachment Behavior, Educational Philosophy
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Voigt, Kristin – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
Are scenarios in which disadvantaged students prefer not to attend (certain) universities a concern from the perspective of an egalitarian theory of justice? I consider this question from the respective perspectives of two prominent approaches to equality: distributive theories, which focus on the fairness of inequalities in outcomes, and…
Descriptors: Higher Education, Equal Education, Educational Theories, Disadvantaged
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Espindola, Juan – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
This article examines the debate between equity theorists (Adam Swift and Harry Brighouse) and adequacy theorists (Elizabeth Anderson and Debra Satz) over elite private schooling and productivity. It challenges the view, presupposed but never defended by adequacy theorists, that private schools can be justified on social productivity grounds, that…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Productivity, Justice, Equal Education
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Dishon, Gideon – Theory and Research in Education, 2017
Personalized learning has become the most notable application of big data in primary and secondary schools in the United States. The combination of big data and adaptive technological platforms is heralded as a revolution that could transform education, overcoming the outdated classroom model, and realizing the progressive vision of…
Descriptors: Data Collection, Data Analysis, Information Utilization, Individualized Instruction
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Burroughs, Nathan A. – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
In this article, I critique the foremost proponents of the adequacy and equity approaches to educational equality. I identify tensions within the adequacy approach related to positionality in education, fostering a democratic elite through higher education, and its defense of private schooling. In contrast, equity theorists are vulnerable to the…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Justice, Educational Theories, Role of Education
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Jacobs, Lesley A. – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
Although the policy and methodological legacy of "Equality of Educational Opportunity," the so-called Coleman Report published by the US Department of Education in 1966, is widely recognized, the way in which it played a role in shaping theorizing about equality of educational opportunity has been less well-explored. This article…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Competition, Educational Theories, Social Mobility
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Cuypers, Stefaan E. – Theory and Research in Education, 2014
This article reflects on different conceptions of educational philosophy, their strengths and weaknesses. Against the backdrop of major alternatives, and the received view, delineated by RS Peters, John White's recent radically practical conception is critically assessed. Notwithstanding a pluralist answer to the question "What is, can…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Theories, Global Approach, Social Justice
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Mintz, Avi I. – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
Suffering has a complex role in social justice education. The alleviation or eradication of suffering is a goal of social justice education while, simultaneously, students suffer in the process of learning about the suffering of others. Educational theorists have attempted to resolve this paradox in various ways and the author of this article…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Emotional Response, Empathy, Psychological Patterns
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White, John – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
In 2009 Harvey Siegel edited "The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy of Education." This article develops a theme, prompted by reflection on several essays in that volume, about the nature of philosophy of education and its relation to philosophy. Siegel's view that philosophy of education is a "branch" of philosophy is put to…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Comparative Analysis, Educational Theories, Aesthetics
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Westphal, Kenneth R. – Theory and Research in Education, 2012
Moral particularism, defined as the view that moral judgment does not require moral principles, has become prominent both in moral philosophy and in philosophy of education. This article re-examines Nussbaum's case for particularism, based on Sophocles' "Antigone", because her stress on sensitive appreciation of circumstantial specifics is…
Descriptors: Philosophy, Value Judgment, Liberal Arts, Moral Development
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McCowan, Tristan – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
While commitment to a universal entitlement to education is highly desirable, some significant limitations have been identified in the right to education as currently expressed and implemented. This article assesses the contribution that the capabilities approach can make in this regard. While some proponents have suggested that capabilities…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Individual Development
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Jacobs, Lesley A. – Theory and Research in Education, 2010
Two approaches to making judgments about moral urgency in educational policy have prevailed in American law and public policy. One approach holds that educational policy should aspire to realizing equal opportunities in education for all. The other approach holds that educational policy should aspire to realizing adequate opportunities in…
Descriptors: Court Litigation, Public Policy, Educational Policy, Financial Support
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Ryan, Richard M.; Niemiec, Christopher P. – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
In many graduate schools of education there is strong resistance to formal theories, especially those that are supported through quantitative empirical methods. In this article we describe how self-determination theory (SDT), a formal and empirically focused framework, shares sensibilities with critical theorists concerning the importance of…
Descriptors: Schools of Education, Self Determination, Social Theories, Graduate Study
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Warnick, Bryan R. – Theory and Research in Education, 2009
Harry Brighouse has advanced an intriguing set of arguments about the place of human flourishing in liberal educational theory. In his book "On Education", Brighouse argues that autonomy can be justified instrumentally because it promotes flourishing. He links flourishing to the psychological concept of "subjective wellbeing" and he spells out the…
Descriptors: Economic Progress, Social Science Research, Ethics, Educational Policy
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