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.
Table of Contents
- The influence of Dewey
- Integral education and Pring’s liberal vocationalism
- Why careers education is part of education
- Education for moral seriousness
- Pring on privatisation: similar premises, different prognosis
- The common school, aptitude and autonomy
- Pring’s engagement with sociology of education
- Common sense and the craft of teaching
- The aims and claims of educational research
- Faith schools, the common good and the Muslim tradition
- External policy referencing in education
- Reviving teaching for freedom
Michael Hand and Richard Davies
Michael Hand is Professor of Philosophy of Education at the University of Birmingham.
Richard Davies is Lecturer in Education at Aberystwyth University.