A History of Western Educational Ideas / Edition 1

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There are many aspects of an education system that only make sense if we know how that system has developed over time. Part of this comes from knowing how institutions have changed, but it is also important to understand how ideas in education have developed.
This book discusses the continuous development of educational thought over three millennia. The focus upon the history of ideas in this volume is partly an attempt to move history of education away from an approach based on 'great men' to technological, economic and political influences on ideas and beliefs. It reviews many issues, ranging from the purposes of education from the earliest times, to the challenge of postmodernism in the present century. The authors provide an accessible and thought-provoking guide to the educational ideas that underlie practice.

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This is a social history of the development of pedagogical ideas from the days of Socrates to the current controversies of educational access and cultural relativism. Lawton and Gordon (both of the Institute of Education, U. of London, UK) focus on social, political, and economic forces for changes in educational ideas, but shy away from explicitly determinist explanations. While incorporating some elements of postmodern analysis, they retain a traditional orientation that focuses on the Greeks, the Judaeo-Christian tradition, and, thereafter, European developments. Distributed in the US by ISBS. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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'Short but comprehensive and very readable summary of how teachers and thinkers over the ages have tried to resolve the problems and paradoxes that education poses ... This book is practical and academic. Teachers and students will find that it clarifies their knowledge and their thinking; those who want to contribute to the great debate will find it a stimulating companion and guide' - Times Higher Education Supplement
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780713002195
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/30/2002
  • Series: Woburn Education Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Introduction: A History of Western Educational Ideas 1
2 The Greeks 10
3 The Romans 22
4 The Judaeo-Christian Tradition 31
5 Medieval Europe and the Influence of Islam 44
6 Humanism and the Renaissance 57
7 The Reformation and the Counter-Reformation to the End of the Seventeenth Century 69
8 The Eighteenth Century: The Enlightenment 87
9 Romanticism 101
10 Industrialism, Nationalism and the Cult of Efficiency 115
11 The Idealist Tradition 133
12 The Development of the Social Sciences in the Nineteenth Century and their Influence on Education 146
13 The Influence of Politics and Political Ideologies on Educational Ideas 169
14 The Second World War and After: Peace, Internationalism and Universal Literacy 185
15 Liberal Education 194
16 Pedagogy 201
17 Gender 214
18 Conclusion: The End of Education? 228
Bibliography 234
Index 245
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