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Can We Educate for Freedom? Ethical Perspectives on the Pedagogic Paradox
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Disciplinary Research. (Skolnära forskning)
2012 (English)In: Religious Education and Freedom of Religion and Belief / [ed] Parker, Stephen; Freathy, Rob; Francis, Leslie J., Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, 1, 131-150 p.Chapter in book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Within a liberal and democratic setting, education normally consists of a process of promoting increased self-determination or autonomy. By facilitating and encouraging self-determination, we are thereby deemed to be educating for freedom. Yet, paradoxically, to educate means also to restrict freedom. Education may be viewed as a series of planned inter­ventions into someone’s free behaviour, norms and habits according to certain ultimate intentions and ideals. The legitimacy of such freedom-restricting educational interventions is deemed morally justified as long as a balance is maintained toward the ends of autonomy and freedom. This chapter examines the relationship between means and ends in educating for freedom. Here, autonomy is viewed, not as opposed to heteronomy, rather as in relationship to dependencies of various kinds. It is argued that education for freedom is more plausible if understood as education within autonomy, instead of simply education toward autonomy. These theoretical arguments are illustrated by a discussion of the common didactic practice in Swedish schools of contract-signing in connection with individual study plans. The question is asked in what sense contract-signing may be a legitimate didactic means within a context of education for freedom.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Bern: Peter Lang Publishing Group, 2012, 1. 131-150 p.
Series
Religion, Education and Values, ISSN 2235-4638 ; 2
Keyword [en]
pedagogic paradox, ethics, autonomy, freedom
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Educational Sciences
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-19405ISBN: 978-3-0343-0754-3 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-19405DiVA: diva2:551760
Available from: 2012-09-12 Created: 2012-09-12 Last updated: 2016-02-02Bibliographically approved

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