By Melanie Walker, Elaine Unterhalter

This compelling book introduces Nobel laureate, Amartya Sen’s, strength process, and explores its importance for concept, coverage and perform in schooling. the aptitude process  has attracted awareness throughout disciplinary obstacles in recent times contributing to debates in economics, political philosophy, future health and social coverage. This ebook enhances those discussions via contemplating the possibility of the method for paintings in schooling, exhibiting how the potential technique demanding situations a number of the key assumptions of human capital concept and the way it will probably supply substance for coverage and perform in schooling focused on social justice. The publication appears  particularly at questions about the schooling of kids, gender equality, and better education.Contributors hail from the united kingdom, united states, Australia, Italy and Mexico.

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The key issue here is that to count as education, processes and outcomes ought to enhance freedom, agency, and well-being by “making one’s life richer with the opportunity of reflective choice” for a life of “genuine choices with serious options” (Sen 1992, p. 41), and enhancing “the ability of people to help themselves and to influence the world” (Sen 1999, p. 18). The process of identifying education capabilities appears to entail some form of participatory and inclusive dialogue, however conceptualized.

We might not wish to describe as education a process that tolerates, ignores, or even encourages prejudice, exclusion, marginalization, or harassment of any student on the basis of difference, or that limits their access to knowledge or critical and confident participation in learning. Education that contributes to unfreedoms would be deeply incompatible with the capability approach. We need to be clear that respecting a plurality of conceptions of the good life (and hence of how education is arranged) is not the same as endorsing all versions of the good life, and this has clear educational implications.

The capability approach, as an idea in social justice, needs to be assessed in relation to these everyday concerns of policy and practice that will make education transformative. This page intentionally left blank 2 The Capability to Be Educated Lorella Terzi n this chapter I outline a possible conception of the capability to be educated. I argue that the capability to be educated, broadly understood in terms of real opportunities both for informal learning and for formal schooling, can be considered a basic capability in two ways.

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