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ERIC Number: EJ1135121
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0309-8249
Indoctrination and Social Context: A System-Based Approach to Identifying the Threat of Indoctrination and the Responsibilities of Educators
Taylor, Rebecca M.
Journal of Philosophy of Education, v51 n1 p38-58 Feb 2017
Debates about indoctrination raise fundamental questions about the ethics of teaching. This paper presents a philosophical analysis of indoctrination, including 1) an account of what indoctrination is and why it is harmful, and 2) a framework for understanding the responsibilities of teachers and other educational actors to avoid its negative outcomes. I respond to prominent outcomes-based accounts of indoctrination, which I argue share two limiting features--a narrow focus on the threat indoctrination poses to knowledge and on the dyadic relationship between indoctrinator and indoctrinated person. I propose a system-based account of indoctrination in which actors with authority contribute to the production or reinforcement of closed-mindedness, which threatens both knowledge and understanding. By taking a system-based approach, my account is better equipped to identify the implications of indoctrination for educational policy and practice.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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