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Valuing and desiring purposes of education to transcend miseducative measurement practices

Webster, Robert Scott 2017, Valuing and desiring purposes of education to transcend miseducative measurement practices, Educational philosophy and theory, vol. 49, no. 4, pp. 331-346, doi: 10.1080/00131857.2015.1052355.

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Title Valuing and desiring purposes of education to transcend miseducative measurement practices
Author(s) Webster, Robert ScottORCID iD for Webster, Robert Scott orcid.org/0000-0002-5253-4894
Journal name Educational philosophy and theory
Volume number 49
Issue number 4
Start page 331
End page 346
Total pages 16
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Place of publication London, Eng.
Publication date 2017
ISSN 0013-1857
1469-5812
Keyword(s) desire
Dewey
existential
identity
means–end
purposes
Summary The separating and isolating tendencies of measuring practices can lead educators to lose sight of the aims and purposes of education. These end purposes can be used to guide and ensure that the activities of educators are educational, and therefore, Biesta recommends there is a need for educators to reconnect with them. This article. explores this notion of a ‘reconnection’ and argues that if educators are to challenge any potentially miseducative measuring practices, then this reconnection must require educators to value and desire particular end purposes. Desires are recognised to be existential in character and are identified as being necessary for initiating actions. It is argued here that this aspect of desires is important for understanding the significance of a ‘reconnection’ because without it the purposes of education may remain only as abstract philosophical ideals. To make a difference and to challenge the isolating and miseducative tendencies of some measuring practices, educators must come to value particular purposes of education, and in addition, they must exercise the courage to enact them. This can be made possible because educators strongly care for and desire the actualisation of the purposes to which they are connected.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/00131857.2015.1052355
Field of Research 130202 Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development
Socio Economic Objective 930501 Education and Training Systems Policies and Development
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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