London Branch Seminar
John White will respond to two discussions of his ‘The Weakness of Powerful Knowledge’ (London Review of Education, 2018), the first by Johan Muller and Michael Young, and the second by Jim Hordern (also LRE). The question focused on is ‘What is powerful knowledge?’ Doubts are raised about Muller and Young’s new answer to this question as well as about Hordern’s defence of Young’s position more generally. White suggests in conclusion that it would be helpful to abandon the term ‘powerful knowledge’ and use language more suitable to impartial scholarly investigations. Michael Young will provide a short response.
John White is Emeritus Professor of Philosophy of Education at UCL Institute of Education, where he has worked since 1965. His interests are in the mind of the learner, and in educational aims and curricula. Recent books include What schools are for and why (2007), Exploring Well-being in Schools (2011), The Invention of the Secondary Curriculum(2011), An Aims-based Curriculum(with Michael Reiss) (2013), Who needs examinations? Climbing ladders and dodging snakes (2014), and What’s wrong with private education? (2015).
Michael Young is Professor of Education at UCL. His many publications demonstrate a sustained critical focus on questions of knowledge in education.
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