1st Edition

Education, Ethics and Experience Essays in honour of Richard Pring

Edited By Michael Hand, Richard Davies Copyright 2016
    180 Pages
    by Routledge

    178 Pages
    by Routledge

    Education, Ethics and Experience is a collection of original philosophical essays celebrating the work of one of the most influential philosophers of education of the last 40 years. Richard Pring’s substantial body of work has addressed topics ranging from curriculum integration to the comprehensive ideal, vocational education to faith schools, professional development to the privatisation of education, moral seriousness to the nature of educational research.

    The twelve essays collected here explore and build on Pring’s treatment of topics that are central to the field of philosophy of education and high on the agenda of education policy-makers. The essays are by no means uncritical: some authors disagree sharply with Pring; others see his arguments as useful but incomplete, in need of addition or amendment. But all acknowledge their intellectual debt to him and recognise him as a giant on whose shoulders they stand.

    This book will be a welcome and lively read for educational academics, researchers and students of Educational Studies and Philosophy.




    1. Introduction
    2. Michael Hand and Richard Davies

    3. The influence of Dewey
    4. David Carr

    5. Integral education and Pring’s liberal vocationalism
    6. Judith Suissa

    7. Why careers education is part of education
    8. Christopher Winch

    9. Education for moral seriousness
    10. Michael Hand

    11. Pring on privatisation: similar premises, different prognosis
    12. James Tooley

    13. The common school, aptitude and autonomy
    14. Robin Barrow

    15. Pring’s engagement with sociology of education
    16. Michael Young

    17. Common sense and the craft of teaching
    18. Richard Davies

    19. The aims and claims of educational research
    20. Alis Oancea

    21. Faith schools, the common good and the Muslim tradition
    22. Farid Panjwani

    23. External policy referencing in education
    24. Christine Han

    25. Reviving teaching for freedom
    26. Hugh Sockett

    27. Epilogue

    Richard Pring

    Name Index

    Subject Index


    Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham.

    Richard Davies is Lecturer in Education at Aberystwyth University.