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Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the StateIdeologies of Reform in the United States and Britain, 1909–1926$
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Marc Stears

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291632.001.0001

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Education as Politics

Education as Politics

(p.201) 6 Education as Politics
Progressives, Pluralists, and the Problems of the State

Marc Stears

Oxford University Press

This chapter introduces the development of the adult education movement in Britain and the United States and challenges the prevailing scholarly orthodoxy that asserts that the pluralists and progressives engaged in educational activities in a ‘non-ideological’ and ‘non-partisan’ way. It analyses the manifold ways in which the pluralists and progressives employed their contrasting sets of ideals in constructing their accounts of the essential goals of educational reform. It identifies the goals that each movement was trying to achieve through its intervention in educational endeavours, seeking as it does so to understand the complexities of its evolving ideological programme. Finally, it examines the role that the different political environments of Britain and United States played in encouraging the two movements to reformulate their ideals.

Keywords:   Britain, United States, adult education, ideologies, politics, social pluralism, nationalist progressivism, public policy

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