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.

Critique, Emancipation and Education

Critique, Emancipation and Education

What is critique?

As a concept and practice, the importance of critique is insisted on in higher education, where criticality is taken to be a defining requirement of academic life. It remains, nonetheless, a rather puzzling and less than straightforward business. Scarcely any university course will fail to assert that it values the development of critical thinking as a key aim. The student who embarks upon a course in a university humanities or social sciences department will find that course rubrics and module assessment criteria will exhort them to think and read critically, tutors will comment on the critical competence of their work and they will be encouraged to see their performance as a student of culture and ...

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