Philosophy and Education
An introduction to key questions and themes
Routledge – 2015 – 160 pages
Series: Foundations of Education Studies
Written specifically for education studies students, this accessible text offers a clear introduction to philosophy of education. It skilfully guides readers through this challenging and sometimes complex area bringing key philosophical ideas and questions to life in the context and practice of education.
Considering the implications of educational trends and movements through a variety of philosophical lenses such as Marxism, feminism, ethics and democracy, the book explores enduring themes in philosophy of education. Features include:
Drawing on readers’ own experiences of education, the book reveals the connections between philosophical ideas and educational policy and practice. Part of the Foundations in Education Studies series, this timely textbook is essential reading for students coming to the study of philosophy of education for the first time.
Introduction; 1. Enduring themes in education: the impact of Plato’s Republic; 2. Structures of education and society; 3. Alternative and radical education: critical and revolutionary pedagogies; 4. Utopian and dystopian perspectives and education; 5. Being in education: existentialism and phenomenology; 6. Discourses of knowledge, power and identity in education; 7. The pedagogical potential of creating concepts; 8. Feminism, philosophy and education; 9. Experience, education and democracy: the influence of John Dewey; 10. Thinking through ethics in education; 11. Philosophy’s children; 12. Thinking, dialogue: educational communities of enquiry; 13. Conclusion