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ERIC Number: ED353951
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov
Pages: 19
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Michael Oakeshott's Philosophy of Education and Its Implications for Instructional Design Theory and Practice.
Tripp, Steven
Michael Oakeshott, an English political philosopher, wrote extensively about education and how people learn political skills. Much of what he wrote may have interesting implications for instructional systems design. This paper is an explication of two aspects of Oakeshott's writings. The first deals with the nature of knowledge and its relationship to teaching and learning. The second deals with Modern Rationalism and how Oakeshott's conception of rational behavior impinges on the act of instructional design. Some of Oakeshott's basic assumptions are singled out: (1) there are always important aspects of a skill that can never be reduced to rules or principles; (2) real skill can only be acquired through a kind of apprenticeship by being immersed in a tradition of action; and (3) Modern Rationalism erroneously believes that actions based upon principles are superior to actions based upon tradition. An evaluation of Oakeshott's theories and their implications for instructional systems design conclude the paper. (Contains 11 references.) (Author/ALF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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