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Liberal education in turbulent times: Policy, pedagogy and their effects in European comparison

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  • Peter Kelly

Abstract

Europe has seen a national populist turn in recent years, a movement away from liberal elites and the rise of 'post-truth' politics. While populist parties may have passed the high point of their success, their politics has had a considerable impact on the mainstream, drawing traditional parties in populist directions. In this article, I consider the consequences of this for those of a liberal persuasion, who value openness and diversity and who are suspicious of those bringing simple solutions to complex problems. I reflect on the findings of a series of comparative education policy and pedagogy studies that I have conducted with colleagues in northern Europe over the past ten years, and in their light, make a number of suggestions for how education can defend liberalism while taking the concerns of national populists seriously.

Keywords: NEO-LIBERAL EDUCATION REFORM, POPULISM AND EDUCATION, SCEPTICAL LIBERALISM, DEMOCRATIC GOVERNANCE, EDUCATIONAL PURPOSE, METHODOLOGICAL PLURALISM

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Kelly, P., (2020) “Liberal education in turbulent times: Policy, pedagogy and their effects in European comparison”, London Review of Education 18(1), 35–49. doi: https://doi.org/10.18546/LRE.18.1.03

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01 Mar 2020
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