Philosophy of Education in Action
An Inquiry-Based Approach
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Philosophy of Education in Action: An Inquiry-Based Approach (Second Edition) is an innovative introductory text that invites readers to explore philosophy of education through the lens of their own observations and experiences. Using the "Wonder Model of Inquiry," readers investigate the purposes of education, how schools are designed to fulfill those purposes, and the influence of philosophy on educational practices.
Grounded in authentic classroom vignettes and supported by examples from actual schools and educational programs, readers think critically and creatively about philosophical issues. Probing questions analyze the curriculum, examine pedagogy, conceptualize the role of the teacher and student in the learning process, and explore the role of school organization and design. Readers are guided to reflect upon their own practices and articulate their own philosophical beliefs. Readers also imagine and design a hypothetical school using project-based methods to interpret, synthesize, and evaluate different educational philosophies. The "Continuum of Educational Philosophy" locates practices in relation to philosophical perspectives.
The second edition includes updated sources and examples of schools and programs that represent different philosophical perspectives. In addition to applying the "3Cs" criteria of evaluation, two new chapters highlight voices that respond to and challenge different educational philosophies. The final chapter adds guidance on how to construct and compose a personal philosophy of education statement.
Table of Contents
Preface; Part I: How Does Philosophy Influence Education?; 1. Why Study Philosophy of Education?; 2. How Do I Conduct Inquiry into Philosophies of Education?; Part II: What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Objective, Universal Knowledge?; 3. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Enduring Ideas and Eternal Truths?; 4. What if … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Structure and Principles?; 5. What if … the Purpose of Education were to Learn Essential Knowledge?; 6. Voices from Outside: What Do Others Wonder about the Perspectives?; Part III: What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Subjective, Changing Knowledge?; 7. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Natural Development?; 8. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Feeling and Imagination?; 9. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Solve Practical Problems?; 10. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn as a Community?; 11. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Transform Society?; 12. What If … The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Develop Individual Identity and Personal Freedom?; 13. More Voices: What Do Others Wonder about the Perspectives?; Part IV: How Do I Synthesize What I Have Learned into My Own Philosophy of Education?; 14. What If … I Could Design My Own School?
David W. Nicholson is Professor of Education at Stevenson University in Maryland, USA, where he teaches courses in philosophy of education and methods of teaching English/Language Arts and Social Studies.
Philosophy of Education in Action: An Inquiry-Based Approach is a practical and holistic introductory guide to creating, articulating, and implementing your educational philosophy. A philosophy of education statement represents the teacher candidate’s first attempt to put their fundamental thoughts and attitudes into words that will form the foundation for future classroom decisions. Dr. Nicholson's text allows the reader to explore their philosophical leanings through observation and experience. Authentic, real-world examples encourage readers to reflect on practice and articulate their philosophical beliefs. My students have benefited from Dr. Nicholson's practical yet skilled approach to crafting their first educational philosophy.
Thomas Brewster, Ed.D.
Dean of the School of Education
Bluefield College, Virginia
This innovative book introduces philosophy of education by inviting readers to wonder "what if…" about the purpose of education, to explore related historical, philosophical, and pedagogical ideas, and evaluate multiple educational scenarios from the lens of one’s own perspective and experience. Nicholson’s approach fosters reflection that guides readers to examine and refine their views about teaching and learning and align those with classroom practices and the design of schools. The second edition contributes "other voices" for further critical engagement. This is a much-needed text in the field of teacher education.
Justine M. Kane, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Education
Philosophy of Education in Action: An Inquiry-Based Approach (2nd edition) truly personalizes philosophy of education as readers analyze the influence and impact of philosophy on educational practices – at any level. This book engages teacher candidates, experienced teachers, school and district-based leaders, community members, and others in exploring philosophy of education through their educational experiences. Considering, understanding, and acting upon the connections between an educator’s philosophy of education and the philosophic basis of what occurs in schooling is most important. This book makes philosophy of education genuinely accessible and connected to all aspects of the teaching and learning process.
Francis (Skip) Fennell, Ph.D.; D.H.L.
L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies Emeritus
McDaniel College, Westminster, MD
Past-President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
Past-President, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)
Past-President, Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML)
Past-Chair, U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction