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ERIC Number: EJ1023365
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0305-4985
On the Need for Well-Founded Educational Authority in England
Hinchliffe, Geoffrey
Oxford Review of Education, v39 n6 p811-827 2013
My aim in this paper is to raise the question of educational authority in terms of a philosophical and historical understanding in the context of a democratic polity. In particular, I wish to advance the view that educational authority in England is not well-founded since it resides increasingly with the Secretary of State for Education. This fails to reflect the public nature of education and also local conditions. The lack of appropriate authority contributes to many problems, the most prominent of which are the contested nature of education and schools provision and the frustrating fact that policies at national level change so frequently. Drawing on the discussion in Amy Gutmann's "Democratic Education," it examines differing conceptions of educational authority and proposes a tentative solution, which draws on the experience of the School Boards movement in England, 1870-1902.
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Journal Articles
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)
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