Foundations of Educational Thought

Foundations of Educational Thought

  • Summary
  • Overview
  • Key Readings

This landmark study brings together a comprehensive collection of readings on Educational Thought from Antiquity to the Present. It includes four volumes and over 100 different selections:

Vol 1: Classic/Early Modern (to 1945)

Vol 2: Modern (1945-1979)

Vol 3/4: Postmodern (1979-present)

From Montaigne to Chomsky, the editor has included articles from some of the Western world's most influential educational thinkers alongside authoritative voices from the field to show a full spectrum of ideas about Education, its purpose and objectives.

The first volume includes a lead essay by the editor on the nature of Educational Thought and the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education. Each volume also includes its own introduction.

Taken together, the volumes provide an unparalleled resource featuring broad coverage of the subject with historical depth and contemporary relevance.

Editor's Introduction: Understanding the Social and Cultural Foundations of Education


Defining the Field

The Social and Cultural Foundations of Education is commonly understood to include the disciplinary fields of Comparative Education, Educational Anthropology, Educational Sociology, the History of Education, and the Philosophy of Education. Topical areas include: Cultural Studies and Education, Cognition, Culture and Education, Eco-Justice Education, Cultural Studies, Globalization and Education, Multiculturalism, Policy Studies, and Educational Technology. It is, by definition, an interdisciplinary field with many overlapping areas.

The phrase “Social Foundations of Education” was first used by George S. Counts and J. Crosby Chapman in their 1924 book The Principles of Education.1 Obviously the field of Educational Thought and Philosophy has a rich history going back to the Ancient Classical theorists such as the Greek ...

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