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School economics and the aims of education: Critique and possibilities

Brant, J; Panjwani, F; (2015) School economics and the aims of education: Critique and possibilities. Journal of Critical Realism , 14 (3) pp. 306-324. 10.1179/1572513815Y.0000000004. Green open access

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Abstract

Education is increasingly coming under the shadow of economics. In this article we engage in ideology critique by applying a critical realist analysis to conventional economic models and the teaching of students. Through a historical and philosophical interrogation, we argue that the current curriculum suffers from a diminutive understanding of human being. We argue that economics education has for a long time now worked with a highly abstracted and decontextualized idea of human being that has absented other dimensions of human concerns. We examine the current English Advanced level economic curriculum and the revised curriculum which will be taught from September 2015. Using an understanding of the dynamics of structure and agency and that economics operates in open systems, we argue for retroduction as an appropriate methodology.

Type: Article
Title: School economics and the aims of education: Critique and possibilities
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1179/1572513815Y.0000000004
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1572513815Y.0000000004
Language: English
Additional information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Critical Realism on [23/06/2015, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1179/1572513815Y.0000000004.
Keywords: Economics, education, absence, secondary schools, Ofqual
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1475791
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