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Education and political theory : prospects and points of view.

Raaper, R. and Olssen, M. (2016) 'Education and political theory : prospects and points of view.', in Encyclopedia of educational philosophy and theory. , pp. 1-5.


Education, philosophy, and politics can be seen as the tripos in Western tradition, defining the canon and practices of political and educational institutions (Peters 2012). In the light of recent educational research, it could also be argued that the relationship between politics and education is gaining particular popularity. Various international journals such as Discourse: Studies in the Cultural Politics of Education, Journal of Education Policy, and Critical Studies in Education confirm these trends in scholarly discussions. Furthermore, many critical theorists see themselves grounded in Paulo Freire’s (1921–1997) work on the political nature of education, particularly made visible in his collection The Politics of Education: Culture, Power and Liberation (1985). However, the field of politics of education is highly diverse, often depending on a theoretical approach taken. Some go back to Plato, Aristotle, and Anci ...

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Date accepted:08 April 2016
Date deposited:14 April 2016
Date of first online publication:30 April 2016
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