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Routledge Library Editions: Philosophy of Education


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This set of 21 volumes, originally published between 1955 and 1997, amalgamates several topics on the philosophy of education, with a particular focus on religious education, curriculum studies, and critical thinking. This collection of books from some of the leading scholars in the field provides a comprehensive overview of the subject and will be of particular interest to students of philosophy, education and those undertaking teaching qualifications.

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Education and the Value of Knowledge

Education and the Value of Knowledge

1st Edition

By M. A. B. Degenhardt
February 27, 2018

In this title, first published in 1982, the author deals with some of the all-important questions of curriculum justification such as ‘why do we value knowledge?’; ‘why is it that we value some kinds of knowledge more than others?’; ‘can we simply receive knowledge to be good, or is our belief that...

Religious Education Philosophical Perspectives

Religious Education: Philosophical Perspectives

1st Edition

By John Sealey
February 27, 2018

The majority of books on religious education are written by those who are themselves adherents of particular religious beliefs and such books almost invariably reflect their authors’ religious inclinations. Therefore a critical look at certain key aspects in religious education from a secular point...

The Place of Commonsense in Educational Thought

The Place of Commonsense in Educational Thought

1st Edition

By Lionel Elvin
February 27, 2018

Throughout the course of his career Lionel Elvin has worked closely with experts in many different areas of the educational field and has found that in coming to conclusions about either theory or practical policy, commonsense is indispensable. The author explores the idea of commonsense in ...

Values Across the Curriculum

Values Across the Curriculum

1st Edition

Edited By Peter Tomlinson, Margret Quinton
February 27, 2018

The background to this book, first published in 1986, and its underlying concern lies with those aspects of education which relate to values. Amongst these, moral and social values are often thought of as central, and they are the title’s primary concerns. The study also deals with the value ...

Philosophy of Lifelong Education

Philosophy of Lifelong Education

1st Edition

By Kenneth Wain
March 06, 2018

This book, first published in 1987, provides a rigorous philosophical analysis of lifelong education. The author presents his arguments simply and directly so that the book is accessible to students who are new to philosophy and adult education....

Critical Thinking and Education

Critical Thinking and Education

1st Edition

By John E. McPeck
February 27, 2018

The skills of ‘critical thinking’ occupy a contentious place in debates on education. It is of course widely recognised that education must consist of more than an unreasoning accumulation of facts and skills, and that modern society demands a highly-developed critical awareness to cope with its ...

Do Teachers Care About Truth? Epistemological Issues for Education

Do Teachers Care About Truth?: Epistemological Issues for Education

1st Edition

By E. P. Brandon
February 27, 2018

This book, first published in 1987, examines the notion of truth and then discusses knowledge and the way in which much of our knowledge revises or rejects the common-sense we start from. The author argues that our knowledge is not as secure as some would like to think and that there are important ...

Education and Knowledge The Structured Misrepresentation of Reality

Education and Knowledge: The Structured Misrepresentation of Reality

1st Edition

By Kevin Harris
February 27, 2018

In this book, first published in 1979, Kevin Harris explores the idea that in capitalist liberal democracies formal education functions essentially not to reveal reality, but rather to transmit to each new generation a structured misrepresentation of reality. In defence of this controversial and ...

Free Children and Democratic Schools A Philosophical Study of Liberty and Education

Free Children and Democratic Schools: A Philosophical Study of Liberty and Education

1st Edition

By Rosemary Chamberlin
February 27, 2018

This book, first published in 1989, relates a theory of liberty to the practice of education, and reveals the implications of beliefs about freedom for our schools and classrooms. The author makes a reasoned plea for society to have more respect for children and not treat them as an inferior ...

Language, Ability and Educational Achievement

Language, Ability and Educational Achievement

1st Edition

By Christopher Winch
February 27, 2018

This title, first published in 1990, engages in the current debates about the teaching of literacy and the reform of education. Based on his dissatisfaction with prevalent theories of educational achievement and his experience of teaching in elementary schools, Winch argues that the dichotomy of ...

Mixed Ability Grouping A Philosophical Perspective

Mixed Ability Grouping: A Philosophical Perspective

1st Edition

By Charles Bailey, David Bridges
February 27, 2018

The book, first published in 1983, explores the argument that justifies mixed ability groupings in schools and the consequences of practicing the different justificatory arguments. The issues to be dealt with by staff making decisions about grouping arrangements in their schools are clearly worked ...

Philosophical Foundations for the Curriculum

Philosophical Foundations for the Curriculum

1st Edition

By Allen Brent
February 27, 2018

In this book, first published in 1978, Allen Brent sets out to explore some of the questions raised by theorists and philosophers regarding curriculum. He starts by investigating whether all knowledge is the product of social conditions of particular times or places, or whether there is some kind ...

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