The Business of Education: Critical Reflections

Thomas Mooney

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    This chapter addresses a particular vision of education grounded in the Liberal Arts tradition. I argue that contemporary educational practice and policy, particularly in universities but also in schools, has lost sight of the proper goals of education. I begin by presenting three vignettes designed to highlight firstly, a central problem for the epistemology of education, and secondly a vision of what a university education ought to be. The three vignettes taken together focus on the learner – the person who is in the process of learning. This provides the context to a broad critique of contemporary educational practice and goals. This chapter attempts to sketch some ideas as to how concepts like truth and goodness interact with and impact on our understanding of what a good education might look like.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationChallenges in Global Learning
    Subtitle of host publicationDealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective
    EditorsAnia Lian, Peter Kell, Paul Black, Koo Yew Lie
    Place of PublicationUK
    PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
    Number of pages11
    ISBN (Print)1443899801, 9781443899802
    Publication statusPublished - 2017


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