ERIC Number: ED383052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
A Social Foundations Approach to Educational Policy Analysis.
Washburn, David E.
Educators hold varied opinions about the nature of the social foundations of education. The social-foundations perspective generally characterizes education as an integrated multidisciplinary approach to the study of education, which focuses on the relationship among social conditions, values, and educational policies. This paper supports the social-foundations perspective and presents a paradigm for analyzing educational policy from that perspective. The paradigm examines the relationships among values, social conditions, and educational policies. The inquiry steps of educational policy analysis are descriptive analysis, critical evaluation, and speculative analysis. The social-foundations analysis integrates descriptive data from the social sciences, provides a historical context for understanding the relationship between social conditions and the role of the school, and applies the descriptive-analytical, critical-evaluation, and speculative tasks of the philosopher of education. In conclusion, social-foundations inquiry can make fruitful use of democratic values, history, and the social-science disciplines, by calling for a profound analysis of social conditions and the relationship of educational policy to social action. Contains a 16-page annotated bibliography. (LMI)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers
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