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    Recovering the Lost Métier of Philosophy of Education? Reflections on Educational Thought, Policy and Practice in the UK and Farther Afield


    Hogan, Padraig (2015) Recovering the Lost Métier of Philosophy of Education? Reflections on Educational Thought, Policy and Practice in the UK and Farther Afield. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 49 (3). pp. 366-381. ISSN 0309-8249

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    Abstract

    A Special Issue of the Journal of Philosophy of Education in November 2012 explored key aspects of the relationship between philosophy of education and educational policy in the UK. The contributions were generally critical of policy developments in recent decades, highlighting important shortcomings and arguing for more philosophically coherent approaches to educational policy-making. This article begins by focusing on what the contributions to the Special Issue—particularly two of them—have to say about the relationship between philosophy of education and educational policymaking. It then goes on to argue that this relationship can best be understood through an exploration of education as a practice in its own right (as distinct from a subordinate practice). Such an exploration seeks to shed light on the proper métier of philosophy of education. In the course of the exploration the kind of thinking predominant in recent international patterns in educational policy is contrasted with a different kind of thinking which has yielded rich gains in Finland. Important distinctions are drawn between the inherent and extrinsic benefits of educational practice and between the internal and external politics of practice. These contribute to the articulation of philosophy of education as a distinctive discipline of thought and action which is necessary to the work of practitioners and policymakers alike.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: Lost Métier; Philosophy; Education; Reflections; Educational Thought; Policy; Practice; UK;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > Education
    Item ID: 8568
    Depositing User: Dr. Padraig Hogan,
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2017 11:35
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Philosophy of Education
    Publisher: Wiley
    Refereed: Yes
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