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Document Typology: Research
Methodology addressed by the publication:Parents pedagogy
Title of document: Two Problems of Educational Theory
Name of author(s): Carson, A. S.1
Name of publisher: British Journal of Educational Studies; Feb80, Vol. 28 Issue 1, p20-33, 14p
Language of the publication: English
Language of the review: English
The article informs that there are two problems in educational theory. People, today, are most concerned about practical decision-making in curriculum; and whether it should be an area of expert decision-making, because only experts are steeped in the theories of learning and pedagogy, or open to parents or indeed even students. Some would argue against expert decision-making on grounds that we have no solid theories of human learning, etc., to back up the practice of education, unlike nuclear technology which rests on the firmer ground of nuclear physics. If social science theory is impossible in principle, it has not been demonstrated so far. Nevertheless, there are two lessons arising over and above the problem of the meaning of theory. First, even if educational theories are possible and one has access to them, they would not ensure absolute and unassailable certainty. Second, the reason that certainty is impossible and, perhaps also, the reason that people encounter such difficulty in generating educational theory.
Reviewer's comments on the document:
Important on the reflection on educational theory
Where to find it: University of Turin Data base

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