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ERIC Number: EJ1018505
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0077-5762
What Counts as an Educated 19-Year-Old in this Day and Age?
Pring, Richard
Yearbook of the National Society for the Study of Education, v112 n1 p8-21 2013
The last few decades have seen many attempts to "reform" education across the world. Those reforms have been spurred on by the perceived low standards, by the number of young people who are seen to be educational failures, and by the need for a "skilled workforce" if our respective countries are to compete successfully in an ever more global and competitive economy. In this paper, I shall first, indicate how, in the present context, these "reforms" are often conceived; second, question the "educational" meaning and value of calling them "reforms"; third, argue that "educational reform" requires agreement on educational aims; fourth, therefore, ask "What counts as an educated person?" and finally, reflect on the consequences of thinking in a very different way.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England); United States
Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Program for International Student Assessment
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A