ERIC Number: ED176371
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Equity, Equal Opportunity, and Education.
Burbules, Nicholas C.; And Others
This paper analyzes the concept of equal opportunity and its relationship to equity, justice, and educational policy. It argues that there is no single concept of equal opportunity but several alternative conceptions. Nevertheless, it is possible to provide a basic framework and terminology within which these alternative conceptions can be discussed and compared. General comments are made that assess the importance of a principle of equal opportunity for the distribution of educational benefits, and, conversely, the importance of a clear conception of education for an understanding of what equal educational opportunity entails. Finally, the paper suggests that equal opportunity, as a procedural principle of justice, is indeterminate with regard to a broad range of educational and social outcomes and that it must be supplemented by other normative principles and criteria. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Center for Educational Research at Stanford.