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Educational goods and values: A framework for decision makers

Brighouse, H; Ladd, HF; Loeb, S; Swift, A; (2015) Educational goods and values: A framework for decision makers. Theory and Research in Education , 14 (1) pp. 3-25. 10.1177/1477878515620887. Green open access

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Abstract

This article articulates a framework suitable for use when making decisions about education policy. Decision makers should establish what the feasible options are and evaluate them in terms of their contribution to the development, and distribution, of educational goods in children, balanced against the negative effect of policies on important independent values. The article articulates a theory of educational goods by reference to six capacities that children should develop – economic productivity, autonomy, democratic competence, healthy personal relationships, treating others as equals, and personal fulfillment. It demarcates three distributive values – adequacy, equality, and benefitting the less advantaged. And it distinguishes several independent values – childhood goods, parents’ interests, respect for democratic processes, and freedom of residence and occupation.

Type: Article
Title: Educational goods and values: A framework for decision makers
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1477878515620887
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1477878515620887
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.
Keywords: Aims of education, childhood goods, educational goods, educational justice, flourishing, values
UCL classification: UCL
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/10062141
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