Good Education in an Age of Measurement: Ethics, Politics, Democracy

Good Education in an Age of Measurement: Ethics, Politics, Democracy

by Gert J.J. Biesta
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1594517908

ISBN-13: 9781594517907

Pub. Date: 01/28/2010

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

The widespread use of the measurement of educational outcomes in order to compare the performance of education within and across countries seems to express a real concern for the quality of education. This book argues that the focus on the measurement of educational outcomes has actually displaced questions about educational purpose. Biesta explores why the question

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The widespread use of the measurement of educational outcomes in order to compare the performance of education within and across countries seems to express a real concern for the quality of education. This book argues that the focus on the measurement of educational outcomes has actually displaced questions about educational purpose. Biesta explores why the question as to what constitutes good education has become so much more difficult to ask and shows why this has been detrimental for the quality of education and for the level of democratic control over education. He provides concrete suggestions for engaging with the question of purpose in education in a new, more precise and more encompassing way, with explicit attention to the ethical, political and democratic dimensions of education.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781594517907
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
01/28/2010
Series:
Interventions: Education, Philosophy, and Culture
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Prologue: On the Question of Purpose in Education 1

1 What Is Education For? 10

2 Evidence-Based Education between Science and Democracy 28

3 Education between Accountability and Responsibility 50

4 A Pedagogy of Interruption 73

5 Democracy and Education after Dewey 92

6 Education, Democracy and the Question of Inclusion 109

Epilogue: The End(s) of Learning 127

Bibliography 131

Index 143

About the Author 150

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