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.

Confined to the Present

Confined to the Present

A state of crisis

From the perspective of government there is no educational crisis, no real educational crisis, despite its regular announcements of the inadequacies of the nation’s schools in comparison with those of our international competitors. These are merely problems that need to be resolved if education is to function more efficiently in the interests of the economy. Educational systems are today well established, making their contribution to the formation of a citizenry that remains largely within and subservient to the socio-economic order which it has been educated largely to accept. There is widespread feeling nonetheless that education is in a state of crisis. This sense of crisis is generated in part by the rise of an ...

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