The Purpose of Education

  • Thomas Stehlik


This chapter discusses the purpose of education in modern societies, given the systems of thought that we have inherited, and addresses the question of the extent to which the purpose of education is to develop the individual as well as to benefit society. Notions of reciprocity are examined—for example, individual uniqueness balanced with the common good and reproduction of society balanced with developing character. Should school-based learning be oriented towards a vocation or for lifelong learning? How do we develop and value human and cultural capital?


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  • Thomas Stehlik
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  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of South AustraliaMagillAustralia

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