First published in 1981, Essays on Educators is a collection of essays on a variety of themes relating to Great Educators. The book is not only an exposition of the thought of these educators but a collection of critical essays in which their writings are used selectively to raise problems of permanent educational interest and importance.
The first part explores the education of the individual in society and the development of reason. The second looks at progressivism and tradition in education and includes a critique of Herbert Spencer’s Essays on Education, which are little known. The third part of the book is concerned with tackling educational problems from an interdisciplinary standpoint.
Preface; Acknowledgements; Part 1: The Individual and Society 1. Was Plato Nearly Right about Education? 2. The Paradoxes in Rousseau’s Emile 3. Democratic Values and Educational Aims Part 2: Tradition and Progressivism 4. Herbert Spencer’s Scientific Progressivism 5. John Dewey’s Philosophy of Education 6. Michael Oakeshott’s Philosophy of Education Part 3: Interdisciplinary Critiques 7. The Place of Kohlberg’s Theory in Moral Education 8. Motivation and Education; Index
R. S. Peters on Education and Ethics reissues seven titles from Peters' life's work. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, the books are concerned with the philosophy of education and ethics. Topics include moral education and learning, authority and responsibility, psychology and ethical development and ideas on motivation amongst others. The books discuss more traditional theories and philosophical thinkers as well as exploring later ideas in a way which makes the subjects they discuss still relevant today.