Education Studies continues to grow as a popular undergraduate area of study. This core text addresses themes common to all Education Studies courses. It benefits from a large list of chapters from key contributors at key institutions. This third edition has been completely revised and updated with the addition of seven new chapters. Themes newly explored include gender, research, the power of money and status and alternatives to schooling. This fully comprehensive text is accessibly written, with learning features throughout to encourage students to approach issues critically. Fully up-to-date and covering a huge range of themes for Education Studies students.

What is Education?

What is education?
Keira SewellStephen Newman

Introduction

Ask anyone what education means and the answers are likely to be varied. Many primary-aged children might suggest that it helps them to learn, whereas secondary-aged children often think that education helps to get a job. Adults have different views, often based on their own experiences of the education system. Thus the term ‘education’ is not an easy one to define, often being wrapped up with the ideas of schooling, learning and training. This chapter examines the debates about the nature of education and the possible definitions or meanings of education. It looks at the different ways philosophers have thought about education and it asks you to do some philosophical thinking of your own about the different ...

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