The Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Conservative Educational Policy

FORUM - ISSN 0963-8253
Volume 59 Number 2 (2017)

The Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Conservative Educational Policy
JAMES PERCIVAL, pages 273-280
https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2017.59.2.273

Abstract

Contemporary Conservative education policy may seem to be hastily formulated and executed, but, it is arguably founded on deeply held ideological beliefs. By briefly examining the history of the British Conservative party and its complex formation and disparate ideological traditions, including the broader conservative diaspora, four key Conservative educational beliefs - namely: support for traditional practices; anti-intellectualism; economic liberalism and the power of the market; and support for inequalities of outcome - beliefs are discussed. These are then examined against contemporary policy initiatives such as practice-based teacher training, the marketisation of schools and curriculum reform.

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JAMES PERCIVAL (2017) The Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Conservative Educational Policy, FORUM, 59(2), 273-280. https://doi.org/10.15730/forum.2017.59.2.273

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