ERIC Number: ED117827
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: N/A
Choice, Chance, and Curriculum. Boyd H. Bode Memorial Lectures, No. 3.
Martin, Jane R.
This paper examines the argument that increased freedom of choice for students will rid education of undesirable coercion, compulsion, and conformity. Throughout her discussion, the author emphasizes that merely allowing a child to choose does not guarantee his capacity to choose. The capacity to choose presupposes not only the existence of alternatives but the recognition of alternatives, the author argues, and a rational choice must be based on knowledge or belief about the consequences of the available options. Where these conditions are not met, decisions must be made arbitrarily; chance prevails rather than choice. Although permitting students to decide educational questions by chance may eliminate compulsion and coercion from education, conformity is likely to flourish. To eliminate conformity, educational decisions must truly be made by choice. And in order to accomplish this, the author asserts, institution of the right to choose must be accompanied by the capacity to choose. (JG)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Decision Making, Decision Making Skills, Elementary Secondary Education, Nontraditional Education, Open Education, Student Centered Curriculum, Student Needs, Student Role, Student School Relationship
Ohio State University Press, 2070 Neil Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210 ($2.50)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ohio State Univ., Columbus. Coll. of Education.