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Understanding Educational Aims

1st Edition

By Colin Wringe


159 pages

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This text, first published in 1988, examines the underlying rationale of educational aims as applied to individual pupils, social policies and supposedly intrinsic values. This book explorestraditional educational aims such as developing the potential and autonomy of individuals or the promotion of rationality as well as more contemporary and often controversial ones. The author provides a clear and balanced justification of educational aims which teachers need in order to combat the rhetoric of changing fashion or the pressures of political and managerial opportunism. This book is essential reading both for students and teachers.

Table of Contents

Preface; Part I: Introduction; 1. Aims: Who Needs Them? 2. A Framework for the Discussion of Aims; Part II: Aims and the Individual; 3. The Limits of Happiness 4. Natural Growth, Needs and Interests 5. The Trouble with Rational Autonomy 6. Children into Workers; Part III: Aims and Society; 7. Supporting Law and Order 8. Equality 9. Justice 10. Justice, Race and Gender; Part IV: Intrinsic Values; 11. Liberal Education and Intrinsically Worthwhile Activities 12. The Centrality of the Cognitive; Suggestions for Further Reading; Bibliography; Index

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Education

This set of 21 volumes, originally published between 1955 and 1997, amalgamates several topics on the philosophy of education, with a particular focus on religious education, curriculum studies, and critical thinking. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of philosophy, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Philosophy & Social Aspects