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Transforming education policyShaping a democratic future$
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Philip A. Woods

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9781847427366

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847427366.001.0001

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The concept of adaptive strategies

The concept of adaptive strategies

(p.77) Six The concept of adaptive strategies
Transforming education policy

Philip A. Woodes

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on the idea of adaptive strategies that build upon, utilise and challenge the present conditions in such ways as to bring about change that creates environments and settings that are more in line with democratic values and the human need for meaning and holistic development. Adaptive strategies understand the force of a socio-political critique of the possibilities for paradigmatic democratic change, based on an appreciation of the tensions between substantive and instrumental rationalities in education. They are grounded in clear priorities: at the top are higher order values such as social justice, democracy and connectedness; second, organic belonging such as freedom and fellowship; and finally, lie the material aims of measured performance and income. The ultimate aim of adaptive strategies, however, is to build a unified practice, integrating these priorities by giving ideal aims a practical cutting edge that strengthens the possibilities emerging from current educational policy.

Keywords:   adaptive strategies, democratic values, holistic development, paradigmatic democratic change, education, higher order values, organic belonging, educational policy

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