This book represents a ‘position statement’ from the intellectually vibrant and challenging debate that emanated from the inaugural conference project launch entitled 'The Idea of Education' held at Mansfield College, Oxford in July 2002. The book conveys a wide spectrum of views about 'the idea of education' in recognition of the fact that 'the idea' is not as straightforward as it may appear on the surface. It seems the universities are not alone in this apparent uncertainty of definition. Further Education seems equally nonplussed as regard its purpose or raison d'être. Furthermore, even for those within the sector, it appears to be a point of much contention as to where Further Education ends and Higher Education begins. The book is divided into three main sections: The Current Structures of Education, Issues within Contemporary Education and The Ambitions of Education. The chapters wrestle, sometimes at variance with each other, with the paradoxes and concerns felt by each writer grappling with the idea of education.
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PrefacePART I The Current Structures of EducationMuir HOUSTON, Hazel KNOX and Annie MacGILLIVRAY: The Search for Quality: Changing Roles in a Changing Academic EnvironmentSeth A. AGBO: A Learning Community Model for Professional Development and Transformational Teacher Education: Linking Teacher Preparation with In-Service Teacher Learning and School ImprovementPeter LONG, Tony TRICKER & Margaret RANGECROFT: Measuring Aspects of Student Satisfaction with Course ProvisionGeorgia N. NIKOLAIDOU: Music Curriculum: An Effective Interface Between Teacher and Pupils in the Primary SchoolNancy LEVESQUE: Partners in Education: The Role of the Academic LibraryPART II Issues Within Contemporary EducationColin TROTMAN and Heather PUDNER: Higher Education and Social Impact: A Community Education role to widen participationPaul Leonard GALLINA: Whistleblowing, Clinical Trials and the Academy: Some Recent Ethical and Public PolicyNikolas PATSAVOS: Business, Research, ArchitecturePart III The Ambitions of EducationTom CLAES: Definitions of ‘the university’ as Arguments in the Evaluative Discussion on ‘the university’David Seth PRESTON: The Evolution of the English University MissionJan PARKER: Aspirational Higher EducationRobert GRANT: Schooling: The Principle, The Practice And The InstitutionNotes on ContributorsIndex