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Education, Ethics and Experience
Essays in honour of Richard Pring

ISBN 9780815396635
Published December 12, 2017 by Routledge
178 Pages

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Book Description

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




  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

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

Richard Davies is Lecturer in Education at Aberystwyth University.