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ERIC Number: EJ829747
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1874-8597
Good Education in an Age of Measurement: On the Need to Reconnect with the Question of Purpose in Education
Biesta, Gert
Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, v21 n1 p33-46 Feb 2009
In this paper I argue that there is a need to reconnect with the question of purpose in education, particularly in the light of a recent tendency to focus discussions about education almost exclusively on the measurement and comparison of educational outcomes. I first discuss why the question of purpose should always have a place in our educational discussion. I then explore some reasons why this question seems to have disappeared from the educational agenda. The central part of the paper is a proposal for addressing the question of purpose in education--the question as to what constitutes good education--in a systematic manner. I argue that the question of purpose is a composite question and that in deliberating about the purpose of education we should make a distinction between three functions of education to which I refer as qualification, socialisation and subjectification. In the final section of the paper I provide examples of how this proposal can help in asking more precise questions about the purpose and direction of educational processes and practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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