1st Edition

The Curriculum and the Child The Selected Works of John White

By John White Copyright 2005
    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    240 Pages
    by Routledge

    John White has spent the last thirty-five years researching, teaching, thinking and writing about some of the key and enduring issues in philosophy of education. He has contributed over thirty books and 140 articles to the field.

    In this book he brings together sixteen of his key writings in one place for the first time. Starting with a specially written introduction, John White gives an overview of his career and contextualises his selection within the development of the field. The chapters cover:

    • mind
    • state and curriculum
    • well-being
    • politics
    • curriculum subjects.

    This important text not only shows how John White’s thinking developed during his long and distinguished career, it also gives an insight into the development of the fields to which he contributed.

    Introduction  Part 1: The Child's Mind  1. Intelligence and the Logic of the Nature-Nurture Issue  2. The Education of the Emotions  3. Motivating Children  4. Puritan Intelligence  Part 2: The State-Controlled Curriculum  5. The End of the Compulsory Curriculum  6. Should Schools Determine their own Curricula?  7. The Aims of Education in the Liberal Democratic State  8. Rethinking the School Curriculum  Part 3: Well-being Aims  9. The Problem of Self-Interest: The Educator’s Perspective  10. Education and Personal Well-Being in a Secular Universe  11. Education, Work and Well-Being  12. Education, the Market and the Nature of Personal Well-Being  13. Education and Nationality  Part 4: Subjects  14. The Roots of Philosophy  15. The Arts, Well-Being and Education  16. Should Mathematics be Compulsory for all until the Age of 16?


    John White recently retired as Professor of Philosophy of Education from the Institute of Education, UK. He has been researching and writing about education for over 35 years and is internationally renown for his work in the field.