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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Educational Theory, 2012
The state's commitment to educating all children can be framed as a matter of human capital development, or the economic benefits accrued to individuals and society as a result of educational attainment; it can be framed as a matter of capabilities, or the development of functionings that enable human flourishing; and it can be framed as a matter…
Descriptors: Human Capital, Educational Attainment, Disabilities, Educational Policy
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Pitt, Alice – Educational Theory, 2010
When hopelessness and helplessness become recurring themes in teacher education scholarship, this signals a conceptual problem with the question of autonomy in the profession. In this essay, Alice Pitt argues that breakdowns of professional life belong to what is most subjective in the profession. Pitt opens her analysis of this conundrum by…
Descriptors: Social Life, Scholarship, Role of Education, Beginning Teachers
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Biesta, Gert – Educational Theory, 2010
The idea of emancipation plays a central role in modern educational theories and practices. The emancipatory impetus is particularly prominent in critical traditions and approaches where the aim of education is conceived as that of emancipating students from oppressive structures in the name of social justice and human freedom. What is needed to…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Educational Theories, Democracy, Freedom