ERIC Number: ED290676
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Oct-31
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The Individualistic Enterprise of Education.
The individualistic enterprise of education is questioned in this paper. The scientific movement in education in collaboration with private corporations and federal funding has fostered an individualistic enterprise that promotes a restricted role of the individual in society. Three well-known individualization projects are Individually Guided Education (IGE), Individually Prescribed Instruction (IPI), and Program for Learning in Accordance with Needs (PLAN). These federally funded individualization projects are systems of instruction at the curricular level. Linking systems management to school reform involves the alteration of school environments. Many educators became concerned with the social relations that underlie the use of scientifically prepared systematized curricular programs. The view of the individual inherent in systems management instruction and its associated curricular forms is economic individualism. Economic individualism brings into question the role of personal gain and private control in relation to the schools' purpose in society. Economic individualism and its inequalities are not realized in the schooling process since it is taken for granted that the process is fair. The role of education in supporting this economic individualism should be questioned. In this capacity, education restricts the kinds of individual development that serve to improve society. (SM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Bergamo Conference on Curriculum Theory and Classroom Practice (Dayton, OH, October 28-31, 1987).