Cautionary Tales in the Ethics of Lifelong Learning Policy and Management: A Book of Fables

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April 2004



This work is concerned with appraising the contemporary ethical impact of lifelong learning ideology and advocacy on education, through focusing on trends in educational policy and management that flow from the ideology. It has its origins in the author's concern that many of those trends are being defmed and promoted, or opposed, without an adequate understanding of their ethical dimensions. The 21 trends examined in this work are seen as defming important dimensions of the quite radical changes in educational policy and management that are flowing from the practical realisation of lifelong learning ideology and advocacy. In here evaluating those trends from an ethical perspective, the thesis is developed that they lead inevitably to distinctive ethical dilemmas or tensions in the lived experience of educational participants. The dilemmas, though, are not seen as realities that can intelligently be either avoided or resolved. They are, rather, inescapable features of the trends, although they and the experience of them may be managed intelligently to a greater or lesser extent. This analysis is premised on the belief that an understanding of the dilemmas may be of practical value in assisting educators, and policy makers and managers, to live and work more intelligently with them and to better manage the educational changes that are defmed by the trends. It may thereby contribute to moderating the excesses, sillinesses, and inanities so often evident in the directing and managing of refonns associated with the trends and to reduce the anguish and pain associated with them.


Editorial by Series Editors
1 The Cultural Context
1.1 Introduction
1.2 Lifelong Learning and Education
1.3 The Contemporary Cultural Context
2 The Ethical Perspective
2.l Ethics
2.2 Ethics as Tensional
3 The Fable of Learning
4 The Fable of the Individual
5 The Fable of Outcomes
6 The Fable of Context
7 The Fable of Vocation
8 The Fable of Education and Training
9 The Fable of Education as Literacy
10 The Fable of Accountability
11 The Fable of Standards
12 The Fable of Technique
13 The Fable of Flexibility
14 The Fable of the Educational Market
15 The Fable of the Educational Contract
16 The Fable of the Educational Project
17 The Fable of the Educational Manager
18 The Fable of the International Provider
19 The Fable of the Educational Requirement
20 The Fable of the Present Moment
21 The Fable of the Educational Partisan
22 The Fable of Education as a Commodity
23 The Fable of Discriminative Injustice
24 In Closing
EAN: 9781402022142
ISBN: 140202214X
Untertitel: 'Lifelong Learning Books'. 2004. Auflage. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: April 2004
Seitenanzahl: 193 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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