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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: Searching for excellence in education: knowledge, virtue and presence?
Authors: MacAllister, James
Macleod, Gale
Pirrie, Anne
Contact Email: j.w.macallister@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: excellence
rhetoric
virtue
knowledge
presence
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
Citation: MacAllister J, Macleod G & Pirrie A (2013) Searching for excellence in education: knowledge, virtue and presence?, Ethics and Education, 8 (2), pp. 153-165.
Abstract: This article addresses two main questions: (1) what is excellence and (2) should epistemic excellence be the main purpose of education? Though references to excellence have become increasingly frequent in the UK education policy, these questions are perhaps especially important in Scotland where the curriculum is explicitly for excellence. Following Hirst and Peters, it is hypothesised that if the term ‘education' implies possession of a certain breadth of general knowledge and understanding, then the term ‘excellence' may imply a deep grasp of a specific body of knowledge. However, after consideration of Dewey's suggestion that being present in the moment is an excellence of childhood, it is concluded that (1) the development of epistemic excellence (having a deep grasp of valuable knowledge) should be regarded as an educational purpose rather than the only educational purpose and (2) pupil engagement with public traditions of knowledge provides necessary but not sufficient conditions for education.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/20301
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17449642.2013.843964
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Affiliation: Initial Teacher Education
University of Edinburgh
University of the West of Scotland

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