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.

Education and Government

Education and Government

Moral formation

Philosophy was once linked intimately to education. Each philosophy entailed a way of life and a set of spiritual practices that might be taught or acquired in the presence of a teacher who was also a philosopher. With the decline of ancient philosophy, the medieval priest replaced the philosopher as spiritual guide and the study of philosophy became subordinate to scripture. In modernity, the marginalisation of philosophy continued, as philosophy became a university specialism most educators could safely avoid. This does not mean contemporary educational establishments have no bearing on life as it is lived from day to day, only that their moral purpose is more often than not implicit, rather than overt and directly reflected in their ...

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