OFSTED, Inspection and the Betrayal of Democracy

Fielding, Michael (2001) OFSTED, Inspection and the Betrayal of Democracy. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 35 (4). 695 - 709. ISSN 0309-8249

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Drawing briefly on the quite different discourses of schooling-as-performance and education-as-exploration, the paper opens by exploring some of the consequences of the distinction between schooling and education for any system of school inspection. The second section of the paper examines the conceptual and practical inadequacy of ‘accountability’ as an agent of reciprocal public engagement in a participatory democracy. In its stead a more robust, more open notion of ‘reciprocal responsibility’ is offered as a more fitting means of professional and communal renewal. Section III focuses on the relationship between means and ends that is at once central to democracy and so conspicuously absent from current inspection arrangements. The short conclusion suggests we need a radical break from OFSTED if we wish to approximate more closely to our democratic aspirations.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Education and Social Work > Education
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 20:12
Last Modified: 07 Jun 2012 09:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/24646
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