Philosophy is vital to the study of education, and a sound knowledge of different philosophical perspectives leads to a deeper engagement with the choices and commitments you make within your educational practice. This introductory text provides a core understanding of often difficult philosophical concepts. By introducing key thinkers in the context of wider themes and frameworks, it creates meaningful connections between theories and links them to different aspects of, and perspectives on, education. Accessibly written, Education and Philosophy carefully analyses the common assumptions and conflicted history of education, provoking questioning about its nature and purposes. Thinking critically about education in this way will give students on undergraduate Education Studies degrees, initial teacher education and Masters-level courses a fuller command of their own role and practice.
The constraints heaped upon education in our period are, to an extent, openly lamented. Teachers, pupils, schools and universities are over-assessed and under-valued. This has become the typical and not unjustifiable complaint of our times. The charge sheet is lengthy and might be summarised in the following way. The practice of education is in danger of disappearing under the heavy machinery of examination and audit. Teachers at all levels are tied to relentless form filling and target setting, endless paperwork, incoming emails, and a whole raft of mushrooming administrative tasks. Educators operate in perpetual response mode to fresh rounds of policy and institutional initiatives, regularly about-turning and desperately innovating in reaction to fluctuations in what may be justly described as ...