ERIC Number: EJ1020982
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Abstractor: As Provided
Searching for Excellence in Education: Knowledge, Virtue and Presence?
MacAllister, James; Macleod, Gale; Pirrie, Anne
Ethics and Education, v8 n2 p153-165 2013
This article addresses two main questions: (1) what is excellence and (2) should epistemic excellence be the main purpose of education? Though references to excellence have become increasingly frequent in the UK education policy, these questions are perhaps especially important in Scotland where the curriculum is explicitly "for" excellence. Following Hirst and Peters, it is hypothesised that if the term "education" implies possession of a certain breadth of general knowledge and understanding, then the term "excellence" may imply a deep grasp of a specific body of knowledge. However, after consideration of Dewey's suggestion that being present in the moment is an excellence of childhood, it is concluded that (1) the development of epistemic excellence (having a deep grasp of valuable knowledge) should be regarded as an educational purpose rather than the only educational purpose and (2) pupil engagement with public traditions of knowledge provides necessary but not sufficient conditions for education.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Objectives, Educational Policy, National Curriculum, Success, Learning, Ethics, Rhetoric, Educational Philosophy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)
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