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Education, Social Reform and Philosophical Development
Evidence from the Past, Principles for the Future

ISBN 9780367675431
Published July 1, 2021 by Routledge
182 Pages

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Book Description

Reflecting on the meaning and purpose of an education at the mercy of political changes and innovation, this book considers the social, historical, religious and cultural contexts that define education systems. With a particular focus on how historical contexts shape the nature of education and its relevance to wider society, it explores the history of education in relation to social reform, economic relevance and raising standards.

The first part of the book describes the developing system of education within England and Wales from the 19th century, with reference to the growing consciousness of the need for ‘education for all’. The second part identifies key philosophical influences on the evolving understandings of education, and thereby of the developing policies and arrangements made in the light of those understandings which they generated. Finally, the third part of the book revisits the ‘aims of education’ in the light of the historical development and the philosophical critiques.

This book will be of great interest to academics, researchers, postgraduate students and policy makers interested in the history of education and the moments that have defined it.

Table of Contents

Summary of Chapters

Introduction: Historical understanding and philosophical reflection

Part I. Historical evolution of education – its meaning and its provision

Chapter 1, Developing pattern and meaning of education from early 19th century

Chapter 2, Apprenticeships and practical learning: lessons to be learnt

Chapter 3, Primary and secondary education for all

Chapter 4, Further education and youth service

Chapter 5, The shifting sands of qualifications

Chapter 6, Higher education: its changing nature

Chapter 7, Religious Influence: Education and Faith Schools

Chapter 8, Changing political control

Part II. Prelude: Philosphical Assumptions and Critical Questions

Chapter 9, Summary of changing concept of ‘education’

Chapter 10, Utilitarianism, Idealism, and Socialism

Chapter 11, Positivism, Post-Modernism and Wisdom of the Market

Chapter 12, Pragmatism

Chapter 13, Respect for truth: problems of political discourse

Part III. Conclusion

Chapter 14, Aims of education: human flourishing and development of persons

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Richard Pring is Emeritus Professor of Education, and was formerly Director of Department of Educational Studies, University of Oxford, UK.