Accountability in education: a philosophical inquiry

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Routledge, Chapman & Hall, Incorporated, 1989 - Education - 156 pages
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Accountability in Education discusses the debate surrounding the accountability of teachers and questions the responsibility that parents, other groups and even children themselves have for their experience at school. In this book, Robert Wagner examines the assumptions underlying criticisms of major institutions for their lack of attention to the ethical and practical ramifications of their policies. Wagner questions the validity of this assumption by analyzing accountability relationships in schools, discussing the responsibility students have for the quality of their own experiences--as well as the potential accountability of parents and other groups--and relating the issue of accountability in education to questions of moral and legal obligation in areas such as business, government and law. His book provides a cogent philosophical analysis of accountability and is invaluable to an understanding of a majour issue in the contemporary discussion of education.

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Contents

Introduction
1
Accounting to Others and Being Answerable
7
Accountability and the Aims of Education
23
The Basis for Accountability Relationships
47
Responsibility and the Problem of Determinism
62
Moral and Legal Accountability
79
The Accountability and Moral Development of Students
97
Three Basic Issues
122
Summary and Conclusions
139
Bibliography
150
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