This book provides an authoritative, yet accessible guide to the philosophy of education, its scope, its key thinkers and movements, and its potential contribution to a range of educational concerns. The text offers a balanced view of three key dimensions: first, in giving an equal weight to different styles and modes of philosophy; second, by including past and present perspectives on philosophy of education; and third, in covering both the general “perennial” issues in philosophy and issues of more contemporary concern. 

Poststructuralism, Postmodernism and Education

Poststructuralism, postmodernism and education

The purpose of this chapter is to give the reader a basic understanding of the terms structuralism and poststructuralism, as well as of the terms modernity, postmodernity and postmodernism. Naturally the reader will expect this to relate to education: in fact, I shall argue that the connection of these terms and the ideas they bring in their train is inseparable from fundamental ideas about education. I also want to show that these ‘post-’ ideas matter. In fact I believe that responding to them is one of the most important tasks that philosophy of education is currently confronted with. Some sense of this will I hope emerge, though there is not space to argue for this fully.

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