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ERIC Number: EJ1033253
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: EISSN-1740-2743
The Ritualization of Progress--The Schooled Imagination
Saurén, Kirsi-Marja; Määttä, Kaarina
Journal for Critical Education Policy Studies, v11 n3 p326-337 Jul 2013
The aim of this article is to consider the power of education based on Ivan Illich's (1926-2002) thoughts. This article is especially based on his production in the 1970s, and presents a systematic analysis of its school and society related criticism. Illich's purpose is to show that the society is forced into a form of school and that we all are dependent on institutionalised services from professionals, in the same way that students are dependent on teachers complying with curriculum. Illich claims that not only schools but also rituals construct students' imaginations to be reliable consumers of products and services. Illich also criticises universities and modern research. He claims that in order to create a convivial future, we should take counterintuitive research seriously. Illich's production is a demand for liberation of education, preservation of autonomy, and increasing respect for independent research.
Institute for Education Policy Studies. University of Northampton, School of Education, Boughton Green Road, Northampton, NN2 7AL, UK. Tel: +44-1273-270943; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A