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Marshall, Mason – Educational Theory, 2020
In this essay, Mason Marshall argues that Plato's views on Forms play a central role in his educational philosophy. In response to what certain commentators have recently written, Marshall contends that this interpretation not only is accurate but also is advantageous because of how it can help philosophy of education. He also addresses the view,…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Knowledge Level, Educational Theories, Dialogs (Language)
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Schultz, Annie – Educational Theory, 2020
In this article Annie Schultz argues that engaging with narratives of resistance and empowerment in literary fiction makes for an important addition to the practice of political education. She is interested, in particular, in what can be gained from the thoughtful contemplation modeled by the inner monologues of literary narrators. Many writers of…
Descriptors: Fiction, Role, Citizenship Education, Civics
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Kline, Kip; Knight Abowitz, Kathleen – Educational Theory, 2020
In this essay, Kip Kline and Kathleen Knight Abowitz use Walker Percy's novel "The Moviegoer" to examine the existential plight of young Americans today who, as they turn the broad and long corner from youth to adulthood, are engaged in a search for self-knowledge and identity construction. They are particularly interested in the young…
Descriptors: Novels, Developmental Tasks, Young Adults, Self Concept
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Barros, Sandro – Educational Theory, 2020
Since first published in English in 1970, "Pedagogy of the Oppressed" has inspired generations of scholars and social activists to examine the inherent potential of Paulo Freire's theories on grassroots intellectual emancipation and education in marginalized communities. The interpretive lineage of Freire's writings is vast, indeed. To…
Descriptors: Power Structure, Disadvantaged, Teaching Methods, Critical Theory
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Buck, Brandon; Longa, Rachel – Educational Theory, 2020
Through an exegesis of the dramatic elements of Plato's "Laches," Brandon Buck and Rachel Longa argue that it is an especially valuable text to read with practicing and preservice teachers. Buck and Longa show how the dialogue illustrates three essential aspects of what education means and involves. First, they show how the dialogue…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Dialogs (Language), Questioning Techniques, Teaching Methods
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Kristjánsson, Kristján – Educational Theory, 2020
In contrast to ancient times, friendship is rarely discussed nowadays as a resource in moral education. Even within Aristotle-inspired character education, where it could naturally claim pride of place, its coverage is miniscule compared, say, to that of the emulation of moral exemplars. The aim of the present article is to retrieve friendship as…
Descriptors: Friendship, Ethical Instruction, Educational History, Educational Philosophy
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Moses, Michele S.; Wilson, Terri S. – Educational Theory, 2020
In this essay, Michele Moses and Terri Wilson explore the recent movement to opt out of state tests. They situate this activism within a diverse line of efforts to refuse aspects of public education, asking how to evaluate the democratic legitimacy of different kinds of refusal in public education. Drawing on specific examples of opting out, they…
Descriptors: Public Education, Democracy, Educational Policy, Activism
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Taylor, Ashley – Educational Theory, 2020
Dissent is conceptualized as a largely able-minded political expression. Ashley Taylor argues in this essay that educational philosophers, therefore, lack an understanding of dissent that can capture the politically relevant expressions of students labeled with significant disabilities. While traditional frameworks of dissent may capture many of…
Descriptors: Dissent, Students with Disabilities, Educational Philosophy, Severe Intellectual Disability
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Shuffelton, Amy B. – Educational Theory, 2020
This article provides a "thick" understanding of how public school parents understand their decision to opt their children out of standardized tests. In it, Amy Shuffelton draws from qualitative research interviews with Chicago parents to explore how three mothers connected opting out of standardized testing to their broader commitments…
Descriptors: Testing, Parent Participation, Public Education, Standardized Tests
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Wheeler-Bell, Quentin – Educational Theory, 2020
Within the past several years, parents, teachers, students, and community members have vociferously debated the value and importance of opting out of standardized testing. The debate has been sparked by an increasing number of parents, dubbed "opt-out activists," who refuse to have their children participate in federally mandated…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Dissent, Activism, Neoliberalism
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Stitzlein, Sarah M. – Educational Theory, 2020
In this essay, Sarah Stitzlein describes the democratic potential of parents choosing to opt out of school testing, explaining how they ought to engage in political dissent to best fulfill their responsibilities as citizens and to practice democracy on behalf of children and schools. Parents' decisions to opt out are often based on rights claims…
Descriptors: Public Education, Public Schools, Democracy, Parent Attitudes
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White, Terrenda C. – Educational Theory, 2020
In this essay, Terrenda White examines distinct forms of activism by two influential organizations: the Chicago Teachers Union (CTU) and Teach for America (TFA). Despite differences between these groups, both have created new discourses and alliances among teachers in the public sphere -- what White calls "teacher publics." These new…
Descriptors: Activism, Unions, Neoliberalism, Politics of Education
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Biesta, Gert – Educational Theory, 2020
In previous publications, Gert Biesta has suggested that education should be oriented toward three domains of purpose that he calls "qualification," "socialization," and "subjectification." Many educators, policymakers, and scholars have found this suggestion helpful. Nonetheless, the discussion about the exact nature…
Descriptors: Socialization, Educational Theories, Intervention, Freedom
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Lindell, Ingrid – Educational Theory, 2020
Contemporary Western educational systems have been described as a landscape of control and assessment meant to make education, in Gert J. J. Biesta's words, "strong, secure, and predictable," and ultimately "risk-free." Against this desire for strength, Biesta argues for "weakness," focusing on the risks of the…
Descriptors: Risk, Teaching Methods, Literature, Outcomes of Education
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Ekholm, Christer – Educational Theory, 2020
Christer Ekholm's point of departure in this article is Gert J. J. Biesta's call for a new pedagogical attitude that takes a stand against the current trend in education. At present, the dominant approach is to make what we do in school into something wholly predictable, measurable, and assessable, which (as Biesta argues) misses important aspects…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Literature, Reading Strategies, Educational Trends
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