Philosophy of Education Lecture Note

Philosophy of Education

As an academic field, study involves “the philosophical study of education and its problems. Its central subject matter is education, and its methods are those of philosophy”. “The philosophy of education may be either the philosophy of the process of education or the philosophy of the discipline of education.

When completed this course, you will learn the followings:

  • Idealism
  • Realism
  • Pragmatism
  • Existentialism
  • Some Leading Philosophers

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Philosophy of education is that branch of philosophy that addresses philosophical questions concerning the nature, aims, and problems of education. As a branch of practical philosophy, its practitioners look both inward to the parent discipline of philosophy and outward to educational practice, as well as to developmental psychology, cognitive science more generally, sociology, and other relevant disciplines.
The most basic problem of philosophy of education is that concerning aims: what are the proper aims and guiding ideals of education? A related question concerns evaluation: what are the appropriate criteria for evaluating educational efforts, institutions, practices, and products? Other important problems involve the authority of the state and of teachers, and the rights of students and parents; the character of purported educational ideals such as critical thinking, and of purportedly undesirable phenomena such as indoctrination; the best way to understand and conduct moral education; a range of questions concerning teaching, learning, and curriculum; and many others.