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This is an impressive collection of contributions from many of the leading figures in the field of philosophy of education in the Western world. It is wide ranging in its scope and coverage of the field and offers perhaps the best single point of reference for anyone wanting to see What the subject has to offer to an understanding of education as a field of practice, policy and enquiry-and that, as these well crafted pieces demonstrate, is a lot. David Bridges, Professor Emeritus, University of East Anglia and Professional Fellow, University of Cambridge Faculty of Education
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 education concerns.
Section one of the book explores the nature of the philosophy of education and its relation to other aspects of educational theory and research. Section two is devoted to particular thinkers of the past, and more general coverage of the history of philosophy of education. Section three is dedicated to contemporary philosophical thought on education, providing the basis and reference point for an exploration of contemporary issues.
The handbook will be useful to students studying the field of philosophy of education, in the context of the study of educational foundations or theory. But is also designed to be of use to practising teachers who wish to gain easy access to current philosophical thinking on particular contemporary educational issues, and to educationalists of all types who want a succinct guide to questions relating to the nature, the history, and the current state of the act of philosophy of education