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Easton, Christina Elizabeth – Theory and Research in Education, 2019
This article is a reply to Matthew Clayton and David Stephens's 2018 article 'What is the point of religious education?' (see EJ1173708). I begin by problematising the 'acceptability requirement' used to justify the authors' conclusions. I then disambiguate the key claim made in the article. If interpreted broadly, as an attack on curricula that…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Educational Change, Ethical Instruction, Role of Education
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Sardoc, Mitja – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
In this interview, Dr. Amy Gutmann discusses the legacy of her book "Democratic Education" after 30 years since it was first published. After presenting some of the main ideas from "Democratic Education," Dr. Gutmann emphasises the importance of both democratic education and democratic deliberation as central elements of public…
Descriptors: Democracy, Citizenship Education, Public Education, Cultural Pluralism
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Clayton, Matthew; Stevens, David – Theory and Research in Education, 2018
Some liberal societies continue to require their schools to offer non-directive but, specifically, religious education as part of the curriculum. This article challenges that practice. It does so by articulating and defending the moral requirement that education policy must be regulated by principles that are acceptable to reasonable people.…
Descriptors: Religious Education, Role of Education, Educational Policy, Educational Principles
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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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Winch, Christopher – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
This article shows the relationship between know-how and conceptual ability with particular reference to professional education. It is argued that although concept mastery is necessary to expert performance, it is not sufficient. Starting with Geach's account of concepts, distinctions are made between concept acquisition and concept mastery. An…
Descriptors: Professional Education, Role of Education, Concept Teaching, Mastery Learning
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Meyer, Kirsten – Theory and Research in Education, 2016
This paper reveals how equal educational opportunities, equal job opportunities and equality of opportunity for welfare are related to each other, and how they are related to other demands for justice. There are several important objections to the emphasis on equal educational opportunities. Nevertheless, this paper shows that demanding equal…
Descriptors: Equal Education, Educational Opportunities, Equal Opportunities (Jobs), Social Justice
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White, John – Theory and Research in Education, 2015
This is a reply to six "Theory and Research in Education" commentators on views I expressed in a 2013 "Theory and Research in Education" piece about priorities in philosophy of education today. The first section is about a concession to my critics; the second, about various misconceptions in their views. The third section…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Criticism, Misconceptions, Educational History
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Lambert, David – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
The economic and environmental crises that face humanity today require an educational response. This article accepts the proposition that education may play a part in preparing human beings to survive impacts of human-induced climate change for example. However, education, according to some conceptualizations, is also in crisis. It therefore…
Descriptors: Climate, Geography, Sustainable Development, Sustainability
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Curren, Randall – Theory and Research in Education, 2013
This article sketches the contours of a neo-Aristotelian account of education, justice, and the human good, organized around a sequence of three increasingly distinctive features of the Aristotelian understanding of respect for persons as rational beings. The first and second of these features bear on important aspects of educational justice,…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Philosophy, Foundations of Education, Liberal Arts
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Siegel, Harvey – Theory and Research in Education, 2012
A long tradition in the philosophy of education identifies education's most fundamental aim and ideal as that of the "fostering" or "cultivation of rationality". In this article I relate this tradition in philosophy of education to recent work inspired by Wilfred Sellars on "the space of reasons". I first offer a very brief overview of the…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Role of Education, Thinking Skills, Critical Thinking
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Kitcher, Philip – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Ideally, public knowledge should encapsulate the achievements of millennia of inquiry, making them available to individuals and groups for the promotion of their various ends. I explore the ways in which the actual situation fails to live up to this ideal. Our investigations are not always directed towards the questions of most concern to most…
Descriptors: Role of Education, Knowledge Level, Democracy, Expertise
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Fowler, Tim – Theory and Research in Education, 2011
Education has become one of the foremost arenas in which political liberals attempt to differentiate their account from that of comprehensive liberals. Rawls posits that the requirements of his theory, as laid out in "Political Liberalism," will be far less stringent than those of liberals such as Kant, Mill or Joseph Raz. However, a number of…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Politics of Education, Social Theories, Educational Policy
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Knight, Sue; Collins, Carol – Theory and Research in Education, 2010
In this article we argue for the necessity of far-reaching change in school curricula and pedagogy. More particularly, we argue that developing students' understanding and engagement in the disciplines which make up the school curriculum requires an unearthing of the philosophical issues underlying science, mathematics, the arts, geography,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Instructional Development, Curriculum Development, Ethics
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