On the need for well-founded educational authority in England

Hinchliffe, Geoffrey (2013) On the need for well-founded educational authority in England. Oxford Review of Education, 39 (6). pp. 811-827. ISSN 0305-4985

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My aim in this paper is to raise the question of educational authority in terms of a philosophical and historical understanding in the context of a democratic polity. In particular, I wish to advance the view that educational authority in England is not well-founded since it resides increasingly with the Secretary of State for Education. This fails to reflect the public nature of education and also local conditions. The lack of appropriate authority contributes to many problems, the most prominent of which are the contested nature of education and schools provision and the frustrating fact that policies at national level change so frequently. Drawing on the discussion in Amy Gutmann’s Democratic Education, it examines differing conceptions of educational authority and proposes a tentative solution, which draws on the experience of the School Boards movement in England, 1870–1902

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: authority,middle tier,school boards,legitimacy,democractic culture,secretary of state,gutmann
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Education and Lifelong Learning
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 29 Nov 2013 14:22
Last Modified: 31 Oct 2022 15:30
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/44831
DOI: 10.1080/03054985.2013.860892

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