Philosophy: Vocational Education

Topics: Education, Learning / Pages: 13 (3019 words) / Published: Mar 15th, 2013
Discuss R.S. Peters criteria for Education and its implications to Technical and Vocational Education at Secondary School level.

Education is a process which involves many dimensions of learning and teaching therefore in this essay, the writer is going to analyse the criterions of education highlighted by R.S. Peters .The writer will look at the Value criterion, The knowledge criterion and the Procedural criterion. The writer will also analyse how these criterions affects the Technical and Vocational Education at Secondary School Level.
Definition of Terms
Education, Gwarinda .T. C. The Practice of Teaching 2000: 167, Education is the process of developing someone’s skills and attributes in all aspects that is mentally, technically, physically and socially. This means education is a process of liberating human potentialities leading to self fulfilment
In Ethics and Education, Peters asserts that the word “educ” has normative implications. It has a criterion built into it that something worthwhile must be achieved.
Criteria, Oxford dictionary defines criteria as a standard in which a judgement or a decision may be based.
Professor Peters’ treatment of educational criteria is spread throughout his work. He looked at what is an educational process?, What is an educated person?, What are the aims of education?. He used these questions to come up with a clear analysis of the educational criterion. Peters asserts that an educated person is one whose form of life is exhibited in his conduct, the activities to which he is committed, his judgements and feelings which ought to be desirable.
The educators [Teachers and Parents], must take note that the general state of developing the person is moving in desirable lines. It must be remembered that one’s general state, one’s feelings and one’s commitments are considered to be learned. Educators must ensure that what is learned functions adequately in the general context of what ever the pupil has learned, that means

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