1st Edition

Routledge Encyclopaedia of Educational Thinkers

By Joy Palmer Cooper Copyright 2016
    644 Pages
    by Routledge

    644 Pages
    by Routledge

     The Routledge Encyclopaedia of Educational Thinkers comprises 128 essays by leading scholars analysing the most important, influential, innovative and interesting thinkers on education of all time. Each of the chronologically arranged entries explores why a particular thinker is significant for those who study education and explores the social, historical and political contexts in which the thinker worked.

    Ranging from Confucius and Montessori to Dewey and Edward de Bono, the entries form concise, accessible summaries of the greatest or most influential educational thinkers of past and present times. Each essay includes the following features;

    • concise biographical information on the individual,
    • an outline of the individual’s key achievements and activities,
    • an assessment of their impact and influence,
    • a list of their major writings,
    • suggested further reading.

    Carefully brought together to present a balance of gender and geographical contexts as well as areas of thought and work in the broad field of education, this substantial volume provides a unique history and overview of figures who have shaped education and educational thinking throughout the world. Combining and building upon two internationally renowned volumes, this collection is deliberately broad in scope, crossing centuries, boundaries and disciplines. The Encyclopaedia therefore provides a perfect introduction to the huge range and diversity of educational thought.

    Offering an accessible means of understanding the emergence and development of what is currently seen in the classroom, this Encyclopaedia is an invaluable reference guide for all students of education, including undergraduates and post-graduates in education or teacher training and students of related disciplines.

    Chronological list of entries, Alphabetical list of entries, List of contributors, Preface, Entries


    Joy A. Palmer Cooper was Professor of Education in the School of Education at Durham University and formerly Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Durham University. At present she is Chairman of the Charity Project Sri Lanka and Vice-President of the National Association for Environmental Education.