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ERIC Number: EJ774784
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0033-1538
The History of Education and the Contemporary Challenge of Quality Education for All
Braslavsky, Cecilia
Prospects: Quarterly Review of Comparative Education, v35 n4 p385-399 Dec 2005
In working within the complex, dynamic, contradictory set of national and international networks and bodies responsible for managing education, the author observed certain issues in the twists and turns of these networks. She mentions three of them. The first is the short-term or specific view of the present challenge of quality education for all. The second is the disdain for history as a tool for creating leverage for the future. The third is the scant awareness of and reflection on the processes for constructing mechanisms (not institutional structures) for the international management of education, and their increasing division into differentiated and increasingly less interdependent networks in a world that prides itself on being ever more interdependent. Immersed in these networks and bodies and with the possibility of entering into a dialogue with recognized academics, students and teachers occupying different positions, the author shares certain heterodox, alternative viewpoints regarding such networks. These viewpoints attempt to argue in favour of the need to set out on a new path, which she calls "the pedagogy of history for contemporary educational policies." It means that progress cannot be achieved in international education if the contemporary challenge of quality education is not set within the inevitable current of history and if this is not done with specific professional tools they call "genealogical professional historical awareness." Based on a differentiation between four types of historical awareness, the author analyzes the probable outcomes of discussions between national and international actors. This analysis attempts to justify the position in favour of the development of a genealogical professional historical awareness, whose characteristics the author attempts to explain at the end of this essay. (Contains 2 tables and 12 notes.)
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Language: English
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