Comment on Christopher Winch’s ‘The economic aims of education’

Clarke, Peter H. and Mearman, Andrew (2004) Comment on Christopher Winch’s ‘The economic aims of education’. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 38 (2). pp. 249-255. ISSN 1467-9752

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.0309-8249.2004.00379.x

Abstract

This paper argues that Christopher Winch's contribution to the debate on the aims of education contains some significant errors and omissions. His definition of work is problematic and leads to the conclusion that education should be directed towards very narrow vocational targets. His argument makes unstated and contestable assumptions about the source of educational aims. Lastly, he underplays the implications of the economic aims of education for the achievement of liberal aims. His programme would lead to less pluralism than the liberal alternative.

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Additional Information:This paper argues that Christopher Winch's contribution to the debate on the aims of education contains some significant errors and omissions. His definition of work is problematic and leads to the conclusion that education should be directed towards very narrow vocational targets. His argument makes unstated and contestable assumptions about the source of educational aims. Lastly, he underplays the implications of the economic aims of education for the achievement of liberal aims. His programme would lead to less pluralism than the liberal alternative.
Keywords:Christopher Winch
Subjects:L Social studies > L360 Socio-economics
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Social & Political Sciences
ID Code:542
Deposited By: Bev Jones
Deposited On:22 Jun 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:12

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