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Good education policy making: data-informed but values-driven

Swift, ARG; Brighouse, H; Ladd, HF; Loeb, S; (2018) Good education policy making: data-informed but values-driven. Phi Delta Kappan , 100 (4) pp. 36-39. 10.1177/0031721718815671. Green open access

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Abstract

In this article, based on their book Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making, Harry Brighouse, Helen Ladd, Susanna Loeb, and Adam Swift encourage education decision makers to give careful thought to the values that underlie the data they collect and use to inform policy. Rather than basing decisions entirely on what improves academic achievement, the authors call for attention to a wider array of values, which they call educational goods. These include the capacities to function in the labor market, to participate effectively in the democratic process, to make autonomous judgments about key life decisions such as occupation or religion, to develop healthy interpersonal relationships, to seek personal fulfilment, and to treat others with respect and dignity. Thinking in terms of these values can broaden the conversation about education priorities and bring clarity to decisions involving trade-offs and conflicting aims.

Type: Article
Title: Good education policy making: data-informed but values-driven
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/0031721718815671
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/0031721718815671
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
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UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Political Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10061917
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