Citizenship, life and vocational education
Thursday, 23 April 2015 from 17:30 to 19:00 (BST)
Bedford, Room G117
San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
Lecture by Dr Richard Davies (University of Aberystwyth)
Hopkins (2013) sets out an argument for a renewal of citizenship education within the further and adult education sector. It is a passionate and wide ranging argument concerned with the development of democratic skills, changes to institutional structures, and the promotion of student-practitioners' understand of their role in the wider society. Amongst a range of theoretical perspectives Hopkins draws on Alasdair MacIntyre's account of social practices (MacIntyre, 1985). Whilst having reservations about MacIntyre's applicability to/in a modern liberal democracy, Hopkins nevertheless employs, at critical points, a broadly practices-based analysis to the development of citizenship education.
In this paper I critique and develop Hopkins' use of MacIntyre. I argue that Hopkins is too selective in his use of MacIntyre's thesis in 'After Virtue'; in particular in relation to three elements:
- 1. MacIntyre offers a more sophisticated contribution to the liberal/communitarian debate, and especially is less tied to a traditionalist account of society than Hopkins claims.
- 2. There is a social practices account of 'citizenship', which clarifies and enhances Hopkins' conclusions.
- 3. There is a more detailed relationship to be explored between occupation role and social good.
In concluding I offer more finely grained account of a 'MacIntyre inspired' citizenship education for students on vocational courses/apprenticeships in further education.
Hopkins, N. (2013) Citizenship and Democracy in Further and Adult Education, Springer,
MacIntyre, A. (1985) After Virtue (2nd edition), Duckworth, London
Part of the PESGB Bedford seminar series 2015
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