School economics and the aims of education: Critique and possibilities

Jacek Brant, Farid Panjwani

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Education is increasingly coming under the shadow of economics. In this article we engage in ideology critique by applying a critical realist analysis to conventional economic models and the teaching of students. Through a historical and philosophical interrogation, we argue that the current curriculum suffers from a diminutive understanding of human being. We argue that economics education has for a long time now worked with a highly abstracted and decontextualized idea of human being that has absented other dimensions of human concerns. We examine the current English Advanced level economic curriculum and the revised curriculum which will be taught from September 2015. Using an understanding of the dynamics of structure and agency and that economics operates in open systems, we argue for retroduction as an appropriate methodology.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)306-324
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Critical Realism
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Absence
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Ofqual
  • Secondary schools


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