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Mrinal Miri

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199452767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452767.001.0001

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Education, Autonomy, and Accountability

Education, Autonomy, and Accountability

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(p.25) 2 Education, Autonomy, and Accountability
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Philosophy and Education
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Mrinal Miri

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199452767.003.0002

Autonomy of educational institutions, particularly of higher education institutions, is a widely accepted idea; but the employment of this concept is beset with unclarities, owing to the fact that it is framed by contingencies of diverse kinds, which, in many cases, are themselves quite opaque. This also impacts our understanding of the relationship between autonomy and accountability. Chapter 2 argues that the important thing to realize is that pursuit of excellence in educational practices requires the exercise of virtues such as honesty, courage, justice, an open-eyed respect for the other, whether the other is a fellow practitioner or an idea or a community of ideas. To the extent that the practice of these virtues is required in the pursuit of excellence in the life of the university, the accountability of the university is at least to that extent moral accountability.

Keywords:   moral, accountability, intrinsic value, democracy, respect, higher educational institutions, Glauconian, practice, internal

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