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ERIC Number: EJ794949
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-1477-8785
Third Way: Values for Education?
Fitzsimons, Peter
Theory and Research in Education, v4 n2 p151-171 2006
This article explores some features of an international "third way" movement which, in theory and in practice, impacts on centuries-old traditions of communal life and the belief in autonomous agency--traditions which motivate individual participation in society and underpin liberal conceptions of education. The article uncovers some of the hopes and aspirations of third way discourse by examining the work of one of its leading proponents, Anthony Giddens, and reviewing related social policy implementation in the United States, Britain and especially New Zealand. The following are argued as problematic for education: the nature of "community" that underpins commitment to third way values; the way in which individual subjectivity is shaped in response to that community; and the diminishing of the social space in which such changes might be meaningfully critiqued. With a particular focus on New Zealand's policy environment, the article argues that third way is an intensification of neoliberalism under the rhetoric of social democracy, and concludes with a vision of a different kind of third way--not a singular path to a predefined destination, but a journey that embraces difference and antagonism as an essential feature of social life. (Contains 7 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand; United Kingdom; United States