Liberalism in Education
This is an advance summary of a forthcoming article in the Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education. Please check back later for the full article.
Notions of liberty and equality are often invoked in discussions about educational policy and practice. Whether one views education as a process of instrumentally necessary preparation for civic life in a liberal democracy or as organized by an inherently valued dedication to the universal development of capacities of freedom, liberty, and equality, these visions appear essential to a rather fulsome spectrum of claims and aims in education. As such, tracing these tandem commitments to their roots in various forms of liberalism enables educational researchers to better position their understandings and analyses in a historical and conceptual context.