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Title: If a lion could talk : a philosophical investigation into frameworks and the transmission of values in schools
Author: Severn, Paul Michael
Awarding Body: Institute of Education, University of London
Current Institution: UCL Institute of Education (IOE)
Date of Award: 2003
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There is a widespread concern about values and values education at the present time, which I explore in an introductory chapter. Whilst it is conceded that talk of 'crisis' is perhaps excessive, there does seem to be genuine cause for concern. At the end ofthis introduction, I make the claim which is at the heart of this work: that the teaching of values requires a framework. The term framework is widely used and I begin by exploring and clarifying my use of this term further. I discuss frameworks and language drawing principally on the work of Wittgenstein. I consider frameworks and tradition drawing on the work of MacIntyre, and I consider frameworks and community, drawing on the work of Charles Taylor. Finally, I synthesise these, to derive an understanding of frameworks for values education. Then I respond to the twin criticisms that either my claim is so general as to be trivially true, or that insisting on a framework is tantamount to indoctrination. I argue that this is a false dichotomy and that my framework constitutes a via media. Recognising that a number ofreferences have been made to the nature ofthe self I draw these together, particularly in the light ofthe liberal / communitarian debate. I argue that the self is both encumbered and autonomous and I go on to expand this position, to justify my claim that values education requires a framework. Then, I address the possibility that the classical liberal approach to education constitutes a framework and argue that it does not. Finally I examine the debate about faith schools and make comparisons between it and my own discussion, in an attempt to show that my largely philosophical discussion and the conclusions I draw, are indeed pertinent to current educational debate
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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