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Title: The structuring of ideology and belief in 'open education' : a sociological study
Author: Syer, Michael Alan
ISNI:       0000 0001 3494 4673
Awarding Body: Durham University
Current Institution: Durham University
Date of Award: 1977
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This -thesis is concerned with beliefs in and about education. It attempts to develop ways in which such beliefs can be studied in relation to the context of which they are an essential part. Part I explores the nature of belief. The concept of "value- knowledge" is used to emphasize the commitment that underlying beliefs entail. A "tree-root" metaphor is also employed to explore the ways in which beliefs are structured, both internally and in relation to their social context. It is argued that commitment and structure are two aspects of the same thing. A methodology is developed which relates creative thought to belief. Part II considers various treatments of educational ideologies. It is suggested that insufficient attention has generally been given to the commitment and structuring of beliefs. Certain dimensions are elaborated on which educational beliefs and ideologies might usefully be considered. Parts III and BT develop this analysis by examining various meanings and implications of "open education" and by exploring the notion of "closure". Finally, Part V illustrates the methodology by reference to the educational beliefs of early nineteenth-century British Radicals, early twentieth-century American Progressives and contemporary British Child-centred educationists. Though the thesis is intended primarily as a contribution to the sociology of education, it is suggested that it has important implications for the sociology of knowledge.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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