Philosophy of Education in Action is an innovative, inquiry-based introductory text that invites readers to study philosophy of education through the lens of their own observations and experiences. Structured according to a "Wonder Model of Inquiry," each chapter begins by posing a fundamental What if question about curriculum, pedagogy, and the role of the school before investigating the various philosophical perspectives that guide and influence educational practices. Classroom vignettes and examples of actual schools and educational programs help to ground philosophical perspectives in real-world scenarios, while the book’s unique inquiry-based approach leads students to both think critically about philosophical questions and apply the concepts to their own teaching.
Features of the text include:
- What if questions that structure each chapter to pique students' curiosity, stimulate creativity, and promote critical thinking.
- Authentic classroom vignettes that encourage students to analyze what it means to "do" philosophy and to reflect upon their own practices, examine their role in the educational process, and articulate their own philosophical beliefs.
- A concluding section asking readers to imagine and design their own hypothetical school or classroom as a project-based means of analyzing, synthesizing, and evaluating the different philosophies discussed.
Accessible and thought-provoking, Philosophy of Education in Action provides a dynamic learning experience for readers to understand and apply philosophy in educational practice.
Table of Contents
Preface: An Inquiry-Based Approach to Studying Philosophy of Education
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?
Part III: What If . . . The Purpose Of Education Were To Learn Subjective, Changing Knowledge?
6 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Natural Development?
7 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Feeling and Imagination?
8 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Solve Practical Problems?
9 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn as a Community?
10 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Transform Society?
11 What If . . . The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Develop Individual Identity and Personal Freedom?
Part IV: How Do I Synthesize What I Have Learned into My Own Philosophy of Education?
12 What If . . . I Could Design My Own School?
David W. Nicholson is Professor of Education at Stevenson University, USA.
"Nicholson offers a tidy introduction to philosophy of education. The invitation to 'wonder' provides an intellectually stimulating approach to both understanding various philosophic traditions and for practicing the art of philosophizing about education. Readers, especially educators and teacher candidates, will find the extensive focus on thorny contemporary issues of education particularly refreshing and insightful." --Desmond Ikenna Odugu, Education Department, Lake Forest College, USA