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Education Policy: Philosophical Critique

Richard Smith (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-118-68058-2
184 pages
October 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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Education Policy sees 12 philosophers of education critique current and recent UK educational policies relating to higher education and faith-based education, assessment, the teaching of reading, vocational and civic education, teacher education, the influence of Europe and the idea of the ‘Big Society’.

  • Twelve philosophers of education subject elements of current and recent UK educational policy to critique
  • Forthright and critical, the contributors are unafraid to challenge current orthodoxies
  • Offers thought-provoking insights into modern education policy
  • Wide-ranging topics cover higher education and faith-based education, assessment, the teaching of reading, vocational and civic education, teacher education, the influence of Europe and the idea of the ‘Big Society’
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Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors vii

Introduction 1
Richard Smith

1 The Role of Policy in Philosophy of Education: An Argument and an Illustration 5
John White

2 Alluring Ideas: Cherry Picking Policy from Around the World 18
Carrie Winstanley

3 ‘The Only Answer is Innovation . . .’: Europe, Policy and the Big Society 34
Naomi Hodgson

4 A New Dawn for Faith-Based Education? Opportunities for Religious Organisations in the UK’s New School System 47
Michael Hand

5 A Monstrous Regimen of Synthetic Phonics: Fantasies of Research-Based Teaching ‘Methods’ versus Real Teaching 60
Andrew Davis

6 The Future of Teacher Education 74
Alis Oancea and Janet Orchard

7 Two Concepts of Assessment 89
Gerard Lum

8 Vocational and Civic Education: Whither British Policy? 103
Christopher Winch

9 Education under the Heel of Caesar: Reading UK Higher Education
Reform through Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra 118
Sophie Ward

10 Improving the Student Experience 129
Elizabeth Staddon and Paul Standish

11 University Futures 147
Richard Smith

12 What Lessons Can We Learn? 160
W. A. Hart

Index 170

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Author Information

Richard Smith is Professor of Education at the University of Durham, UK. His most recent publications include the Blackwell Guide to the Philosophy of Education (with Nigel Blake, Paul Smeyers and Paul Standish, joint eds, Blackwell, 2003), The Therapy of Education (with Paul Smeyers and Paul Standish, 2006) and Evidence-based Educational Policy: What Evidence? What Basis? Whose Policy? (with David Bridges and Paul Smeyers, joint eds, Blackwell, 2009). His principal research interests are in the philosophy of education and the philosophy of social science.

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