Category Archives: philosophy of education
Formed five years ago, the SIG is closely associated with the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain which is an associate society of BERA. To take an example, in a chapter regarding morality and education, the writing gets mired in some of the particularities of Aristotle’s ethics instead of pointing up just how relevant (or irrelevant, if such is the case) his ethics is to educational theory and of what use we can make of. Wish there were a better book out there on philosophy of education, but at least good for its early portions and also for its recommended readings.
Our BA Philosophy with Education programme is not about memorising facts and figures, it’s about developing the skills to think clearly, to argue in a structured and methodical way, to present a position forcefully and concisely, and to recognise and accommodate a variety of counter-arguments.
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Despite the current expectations, we can change public education and work within the system. D.J. ‘Connor published An Introduction to Philosophy of Education (1957) in which, among other things, he argued that the word theory” as it is used in educational contexts is merely a courtesy title, for educational theories are nothing like what bear this title in the natural sciences.
In particular, he might propound a whole public philosophy for public school education, making clear which dispositions it can and should seek to promote, how it should promote them, and which ones should be left for the home, the church, and other private means of education to cultivate.
Critically, despite being the pure scientists’ description, this definition covers only one type of source of knowledge obtained from empirical paradigm; but falls short of not including whole issues covered by other social fields like history and philosophy.
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All human societies, past and present, have had a vested interest in education; and some wits have claimed that teaching (at its best an educational activity) is the second oldest profession. Hence the national education programme is mould to produced educated, competent and high moral citizens, who will be able to serve and contribute not only to the progress of the nation but also provide their service to maintain international peace and stability.
It is sobering to reflect that only a few decades have passed since practitioners of analytic philosophy of education had to meet in individual hotel rooms, late at night, at annual meetings of the Philosophy of Education Society in the USA, because phenomenologists and others barred their access to the conference programs; their path to liberation was marked by discord until, eventually, the compromise of live and let live” was worked out (Kaminsky 1993).
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Teachers are bound to have different ideas in the areas of classroom management, teaching styles, motivation, etc. I think my stance in this matter echoes Quine’s reaction to Carnap’s idea of philosophy as second-order discourse – which is that second-order discourse is every bit as ubiquitous as first-order discourse, the former doing nothing more than switching from the material to the formal mode (see the concluding pages of Word and Object).
This tension is perhaps felt most acutely by contemporary post-modern philosophers of education, but it can be seen in much of the work of neo-Marxists, critical theorists, feminists, and Foucauldians as well: how to argue for and promote an emancipatory approach to education that does not itself fall into the habits of exclusionary language, authoritative (if not authoritarian) postures, and universalizing generalizations that are excoriated when detected in the work of others.
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Apply humanities and social science perspectives to the theory and practice of education. Second, there is a corpus of work somewhat resembling the first, but where the arguments are tighter, and where the authors usually are individuals of some distinction whose insights are thought-provoking—possibly because they have a degree of familiarity with some branch of educational activity, having been teachers, school principals, religious leaders, politicians, journalists, and the like.
Dillon (2004) states that Plato has presented a view in The Republic” that early education should not be given forcibly to the people but it should be more of play and enjoyment, thus a child must enjoy his early years of education and learn from that enjoyment.
Although Rousseau never intended these educational details to be taken literally as a blueprint (he saw himself as developing and illustrating the basic principles), over the ages there have been attempts to implement them, …Read More
Two of these general or world philosophies, idealism and realism, are derived from the ancient Greek philosophers, Plato and Aristotle. Our Ph.D. in Education graduates pursue successful careers as faculty and/or researchers in universities, research agencies, and school boards; obtain leadership positions in health sciences or government or pursue post-doctoral fellowships in their field of expertise.
One of education’s primary missions for Aristotle, perhaps its most important, was to produce good and virtuous citizens for the polis All who have meditated on the art of governing mankind have been convinced that the fate of empires depends on the education of youth.
According to Khalid(1998, p. 98) : the aim of education at this stage is to perfect the organs and the senses that are instruments of knowledge and the development of his natural powers before knowledge is actually received.” The senses of the child must be developed with gymnastics and …Read More
Your educational philosophy is your beliefs about why, what and how you teach, whom you teach, and about the nature of learning. Steiner’s theory of child development divides education into three discrete developmental stages predating but with close similarities to the stages of development described by Piaget Early childhood education occurs through imitation; teachers provide practical activities and a healthy environment.
An education that is renewing minds and ordering loves will pay attention to the young student’s sense of wonder, being careful to cultivate it and not stunt its growth, because a student who does not wonder or imagine will become apathetic and cynical.
He boldly submits that philosophy too can be made applicable to the concern with education in two distinct ways: by drawing on assumptions and directions already arrived at in the various philosophical subspecialties, and by applying philosophical method outright to the clarification of educational concepts.
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According to the Council for Social Foundations of Education , The purpose of foundations study is to bring…disciplinary resources to bear in developing interpretive, normative, and critical perspectives on education, both inside and outside of schools.” The Foundations of Education program within the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology, and Foundations at NIU includes four areas of disciplinary study to fulfill this purpose: History of Education, Philosophy of Education, Sociology of Education, and Comparative & International Education. Obviously US economy is based on Supply and Demand adjustments therefore finally the most advance individuals are to succeed but when the educational system limits lower classes from stimulating education the potentials of many capable individuals have not being enhanced properly will bring disadvantage to US economy as a whole.
In The Star of Redemption, Rosenzweig made one of the few attempts to formulate methodically religious existential philosophy (MiMytos 262-273), This attempt makes the …Read More
After reading and investigating the various philosophies, I have learned how each can be carried out to provide an effective, interesting and intriguing classroom environment. But where the idea of structural characterization really gets its run-for-the-money is in the 1970 paper, Philosophy and the Curriculum,” where the attempt is made to transform philosophy of education into an enterprise that sees to adapting the discussion in the various philosophies-of to the training of teachers insofar as it relates to preparing them for giving instruction in the several subject areas, which individually correspond to one or another of the philosophies-of.
During colonialism and in the period just after attaining independence, education was a luxury in that just a small percentage of the population had access to it. Those few were meant to help colonialists consolidate their power over the indigenous people.
Fourth, during the decade of the seventies when these various critiques …Read More
Within the epistemological frame that focuses on the nature of knowledge and how we come to know, there are four major educational philosophies, each related to one or more of the general or world philosophies just discussed. Teaching seen as a facilitation, Komba (2004:289-298) elaborates it as a process that facilitates learning, where a teacher acts like a catalyst, stimulating learning, it is seen as the type of teaching, where by the main function is to guide students to creative dimension of education.
This sort of system-building across epistemological, ethical, and social/political issues is what the great philosophers do, and it is revealing that for them philosophy of education was rarely seen as a distinct area of inquiry but merely the working out in practice of implications for teaching and learning that were derived from their larger positions about truth, value, justice, and so on.
Daniels, a freshly minted Ph.D. …Read More