This is a philosophical treatment of the conceptual and normative aspects of topics which are currently a matter of policy debate in education. The authors have focussed on such concepts as liberty, autonomy, equality and pluralism, and have provided a philosophical commentary which relates these concepts both to a background of philosophical literature, and to the institutional contexts and policy debates in which they function. The book will be of significance to all policy makers who need to gain an understanding of the values and concepts involved in major policy problems.

part part I|40 pages

Liberality and the university

chapter 1|13 pages

Ambiguities in liberal education and the problem of its content

ByR.S. Peters

chapter 2|10 pages

Liberality, neutrality and the modern university

ByKenneth A. Strike

part part II|30 pages

Students' rights

chapter 4|12 pages

From childhood to adulthood: assigning rights and responsibilities

ByFrancis Schrag

chapter 5|17 pages

Compulsory education: a moral critique

ByLeonard I. Krimerman

part part III|30 pages

Autonomy, freedom and schooling

chapter 6|16 pages

Autonomy as an aim of education

ByBrian Crittenden

chapter 7|13 pages

Ambiguity and constraint in the 'freedom' of free schools

ByDavid Nyberg

part part IV|32 pages

Equality and pluralism

chapter 8|15 pages

Cultural diversity and education

ByRichard Pratte

chapter 9|16 pages

Equality of educational opportunity

ByRobert H. Ennis

part part V|22 pages

Technology and work

chapter 10|12 pages

Technology and educational values

ByH.S. Broudy

chapter 11|9 pages

Career education and the pathologies of work

ByThomas F. Green