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Education Policy: Philosophical Critique

Education Policy: Philosophical Critique

Richard Smith (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-118-68054-4

Aug 2013, Wiley-Blackwell

184 pages

Description

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’

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