The Philosophy of Education: An Introduction

The Philosophy of Education: An Introduction

by Richard Bailey (Editor)


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The Philosophy of Education: An Introduction encourages the reader to actively engage with the philosophy of education and the carefully selected contributors bring the philosophy of education to life for the reader.

Each Chapter:

focuses on a particular area of debate and explains the main concepts

includes extracts from philosophical writing, followed by questions that guide the reader to engage critically actively with the text

guides the reader towards further reading and suggests next steps and more challenging sources or counter-pointed arguments.

The Philosophy of Education: An Introduction is essential reading for education students and for trainee teachers on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. It will also appeal to practising teachers and educationalists who wish to engage with philosophical approaches to contemporary educational issues.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781847060198
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 05/04/2010
Pages: 200
Product dimensions: 7.40(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Richard Bailey is a writer and researcher in education and sport. A former teacher in both primary and secondary schools and a teacher trainer, he has been Professor at a number of leading Universities in the UK. He now lives and works in Germany.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors ix

Acknowledgements xi

Introduction Richard Bailey 1

1 What Is the Philosophy of Education? Paul Standish 4

What is philosophy? What is education? 5

Writing philosophy of education 10

The standard pattern (perhaps) 10

Different types of philosophical thesis 12

Some worked examples 15

Conclusion: the practical importance of philosophy 18

Further reading 19

2 Does Education Need Philosophy? Richard Pring 21

Introduction 21

Recent history of philosophy in educational studies 22

Nuffield Review 24

Doing philosophy 26

Educational aims 28

Culture and community 29

Learning and teaching 30

Provision 32

Conclusion 32

Further reading 33

Useful website 34

3 What Is Education For? Roger Marples 35

Introduction 35

What is 'education' and must an educator have an aim? 36

Knowledge for its own sake 38

Education for work 39

Education for well-being 42

Further reading 46

4 What Should Go on the Curriculum? Michael Hand 48

Introduction 48

What could go on the curriculum? 49

The academic curriculum 51

The vocational curriculum 54

The virtue-based curriculum 57

Conclusion 59

Further reading 59

5 Can We Teach Ethics? James C. Conroy 60

Introduction: to do and to be 60

A lack of agreement on what is good 61

Historical changes in moral thinking 64

Further reading 72

Useful websites 73

6 Do Children Have Any Rights? Harry Brighouse Paula McAvoy 74

Introduction 74

The choice theory of rights 75

The interest theory 76

Why might children not have rights? 78

Children's interests 81

Conclusion: so, do children have rights? 83

Further reading 84

Useful websites 85

7 Can Schools Make Good Citizens? Tristan McCowan 86

Introduction 86

What is a citizen? 87

Conceptions of citizenship 87

Making citizens 91

Sites of citizen learning 93

Conclusion 97

Further reading 97

Useful websites 98

8 Should the State Control Education? Judith Suissa 99

Introduction 99

The argument from autonomy 102

Parents and communities versus the state 103

Marketizing education 107

Challenging the state 109

The Escuela Moderna, 1904-1907 110

Marxist positions 111

Conclusion 112

Further reading 112

9 Educational Opportunities - Who Shall We Leave Out? Carrie Winstanley 113

Introduction 113

Educational opportunity 114

Equality of resources 116

Equality of outcome 116

Equality of opportunity 117

What is meritocracy? 118

Desert and merit - who deserves provision? 118

Who would you reward? 119

Is it acceptable to be inegalitarian? 120

Are you elitist? 120

Inclusion and the field of 'special education' 121

The nature of difference 122

Conclusion 123

Further reading 123

Useful websites 124

10 Should Parents Have a Say in Their Children's Schooling? Dianne Gereluk 125

Introduction 125

Arguments in favour of parental rights 126

Arguments against parental rights 130

Conclusion 135

Further reading 135

11 What's Wrong with Indoctrination and Brainwashing? Richard Bailey 136

Introduction 136

The problem of indoctrination 138

Demarcating indoctrination 140

The apparent inevitability of indoctrination 143

Conclusion: so, what's wrong with indoctrination? 145

Further reading 145

Useful websites 145

Reading the Philosophy of Education John Gingell 147

Introduction 147

Further reading 157

Useful website 157

13 Writing the Philosophy of Education Richard Smith 158

Plato and dialogue 159

Talking philosophy 161

Philosophy and literature 163

Further reading 166

References 167

Useful Websites 175

Index 17

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