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Title: Good education in an age of measurement: on the need to reconnect with the question of purpose in education
Authors: Biesta, G J J
Contact Email: gert.biesta@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Good education
Evaluation
Accountability
Aims of education
Evidence-based
Issue Date: Feb-2009
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Biesta GJJ (2009) Good education in an age of measurement: on the need to reconnect with the question of purpose in education, Educational Assessment, Evaluation and Accountability, 21 (1), pp. 33-46.
Abstract: In this paper I argue that there is a need to reconnect with the question of purpose in education, particularly in the light of a recent tendency to focus discussions about education almost exclusively on the measurement and comparison of educational outcomes. I first discuss why the question of purpose should always have a place in our educational discussion. I then explore some reasons why this question seems to have disappeared from the educational agenda. The central part of the paper is a proposal for addressing the question of purpose in education—the question as to what constitutes good education—in a systematic manner. I argue that the question of purpose is a composite question and that in deliberating about the purpose of education we should make a distinction between three functions of education to which I refer as qualification, socialisation and subjectification. In the final section of the paper I provide examples of how this proposal can help in asking more precise questions about the purpose and direction of educational processes and practices.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/1612
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11092-008-9064-9
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Affiliation: Education Management and Support

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