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The Life Uses of Schooling as a Field for Research

by Harry S. Broudy - 1972

The theme of this essay has three aspects which it will be difficult to keep separate: 1. Educational research is in the firm grip of its own orthodoxy, viz., only processes and phenomena that can be translated into publicly observable terms are legitimate targets for research. 2. The dogma of behavioral objectives restricts educational research to what I shall refer to as the replicative use of school learnings, whereas the most important life-uses of such learnings for the citizen, or man in his nonspecialist role, are the associative and interpretive ones. 3. Can research be undertaken on the associative and interpretive life-uses of schooling? Can the nonexplicit, i.e., tacit, element in these uses of schooling be studied without self-contradiction?

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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 71, No. 1.

Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 73 Number 5, 1972, p. 219-238
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 19500, Date Accessed: 10/27/2020 8:37:37 PM

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  • Harry Broudy
    University of Illinois, Urbana
    HARRY S. BROUDY is a Professor of Philosophy of Education at the College of Education of the University of Illinois, Urbana.
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