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.



Why we wrote this book

In this book we explore how philosophical thought has construed the aims and the nature of education, how it has been brought to bear on matters of educational organisation, conduct and practice. In doing this we will consider thought which has directly addressed itself to educational matters, and also philosophical enquiry which has not directly dealt with education, but which, in our view, has significance for thinking and practising in the field of education. We believe that engagement with philosophical thinking can be useful to the practice of education, that it offers understandings which might enhance the professional lives of teachers and researchers at every level of the education system. However, this book is not intended to make its ...

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