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Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students

Gregson, Margaret and Broadhead, Samantha (2018) Practical Wisdom and Democratic Education Phronesis, Art and Non-traditional Students. Palgrave Macmillan, London. ISBN 9783319733111

Item Type: Book


This book explores the development of practical wisdom, or phronesis, within the stories of four mature students studying for degrees in art and design. Through an analysis informed by the ideas of Basil Bernstein and Aristotle, the authors propose that phronesis – or the ability to deliberate well – should be an intrinsic part of a democratic education. As a number of vocational and academic disciplines require deliberation and the ability to draw on knowledge, character and experience, it is essential that no student feels their experience puts them at a disadvantage.
The authors argue that democratic education should allow each participant to feel enhanced, included and able to participate in order to create a constructive and reciprocal dialogue. This work will be of value to students and scholars interested in democratic education, the experiences of non-traditional students, and the sociology of education.

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Depositing User: Maggie Gregson


Item ID: 9265
ISBN: 9783319733111
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Date Deposited: 10 May 2018 07:55
Last Modified: 14 Feb 2020 11:01


Author: Margaret Gregson ORCID iD
Author: Samantha Broadhead

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Faculty of Education and Society
Faculty of Education and Society > School of Education


Education > Further Education

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