Philosophy of Education: An Encyclopedia

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Joseph James Chambliss
Taylor & Francis, 1996 - 720 páginas
This first-of-its-kind Encyclopedia charts the influence of philosophic ideas that have had the greatest influence on education from ancient Greece to the present. It covers such classical thinkers as Plato, Augustine, Hypatia, Locke, and Rousseau, as well as such recent figures as Montessori, Heidegger, Du Bois, and Dewey. It illuminates time-honored ideas and concepts such as idealism, practical wisdom, scholasticism, tragedy, and truth, as well as such modern construct as critical theory, existentialism, phenomenology, Marxism, and post-colonialism. The Encyclopedia also examines contributions from politics, religion, poetry, rhetoric, the social sciences, and other fields. The coverage consists of 228 articles by 184 contributors, who survey the full spectrum of the philosophy of education. While the emphasis is on theory, many articles show how theory works in practice.
For students and general readers, the Encyclopedia demonstrates the influence of philosophic points of view on the practice of education. For scholars and other researchers, it is a useful tool for exploring the relationship of the philosophy of education to philosophy, the philosophy of science, the social sciences, and the history of education. Classroom teachers and administrators in elementary and secondary schools will find helpful the Encyclopedia's discussions of the interplay between classroom practices and educational theory. Internal cross-references and a comprehensive index are included, and each article is followed by a bibliography.

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