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.
|Title of host publication||Challenges in Global Learning|
|Subtitle of host publication||Dealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective|
|Editors||Ania Lian, Peter Kell, Paul Black, Koo Yew Lie|
|Place of Publication||UK|
|Publisher||Cambridge Scholars Publishing|
|Number of pages||11|
|ISBN (Print)||1443899801, 9781443899802|
|Publication status||Published - 2017|
Mooney, T. (2017). The Business of Education: Critical Reflections. In A. Lian, P. Kell, P. Black, & K. Y. Lie (Eds.), Challenges in Global Learning: Dealing with Education Issues from an International Perspective (pp. 41-51). Cambridge Scholars Publishing.