ERIC Number: EJ1003941
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Apr
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Do the Study of Education and Teacher Education Belong at a Liberal Arts College?
Kimball, Bruce A.
Educational Theory, v63 n2 p171-184 Apr 2013
The question whether the study of education and teacher education belong at a liberal arts college deserves careful consideration. In this essay Bruce Kimball analyzes and finds unpersuasive the three principled rationales that are most often advanced on behalf of excluding educational studies, teacher education, or both from a liberal arts college. Specifically, Kimball argues that no principled definition of the conventional liberal arts disciplines excludes the study of education without barring other fields now regarded as legitimate, and consistency demands that all such fields be excluded if any are. In addition, teacher education, even if considered as merely "craft know-how" or as professional training, cannot be excluded from liberal arts colleges without arbitrarily classifying it as suspect and subjecting it to strict scrutiny. But the question of whether educational studies or teacher education fit any asserted definition of liberal education does not finally resolve the question of whether they belong in a liberal arts college. Kimball concludes by suggesting that there are moral and prudential reasons for liberal arts colleges to offer teacher education and, concomitantly, the study of education, even apart from the unpersuasive objections that they do not fit a definition of liberal education. (Contains 40 footnotes.)
Descriptors: Liberal Arts, Teacher Education, Professional Training, Postsecondary Education as a Field of Study, Intellectual Disciplines, College Programs, Educational Principles, Educational Theories, Foundations of Education, Skill Development, Etiology, Rhetorical Criticism
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