A History of Western Educational Ideas

A History of Western Educational Ideas

by Professor Peter Gordon, Peter Gordon, Professor Denis Lawton, Denis Lawton
     
 

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

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780713040418
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
06/16/2004
Series:
Woburn Education Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.54(d)

Table of Contents

1Introduction: A History of Western Educational Ideas1
2The Greeks10
3The Romans22
4The Judaeo-Christian Tradition31
5Medieval Europe and the Influence of Islam44
6Humanism and the Renaissance57
7The Reformation and the Counter-Reformation to the End of the Seventeenth Century69
8The Eighteenth Century: The Enlightenment87
9Romanticism101
10Industrialism, Nationalism and the Cult of Efficiency115
11The Idealist Tradition133
12The Development of the Social Sciences in the Nineteenth Century and their Influence on Education146
13The Influence of Politics and Political Ideologies on Educational Ideas169
14The Second World War and After: Peace, Internationalism and Universal Literacy185
15Liberal Education194
16Pedagogy201
17Gender214
18Conclusion: The End of Education?228
Bibliography234
Index245

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