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ERIC Number: ED113315
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Educational Policy Studies: Quest for Consensus?
DeVitis, Joseph L.
The purpose of this paper is to discuss possible connections between philosophy of education and educational policy. Philosophy of education relates integrally to individual, institutional, and social contexts. Educational policy shares a similar, even more varied, context which often complicates the mixed questions asked by educational philosophers. The meaning one attaches to educational policy is in some way linked to those social perceptions and expectations which he/she brings to his/her policy considerations. Policy may mean different things to different people, partly depending on one's purpose and the social context which circumscribes that purpose. Through critical analysis of social and normative, as well as descriptive, issues, philosophy of education could perform a catalytic function for educational policy. Ultimately, preservation of philosophical perspective must be an implicit boundary condition for those educational philosophers deciding to enter the policy arena. While attempting to create ideational constructions at the behest of those who hold power, these philosophers may come perilously close to shattering that delicate intellectual barrier which separates their calling from that of political ideology. (RC)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Studies Association (San Francisco, California, October 30-November 2, 1975)