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Overview

A recent review of his work describes Wilfred Carr as 'one of the most brilliant philosophers now working in the rich British tradition of educational philosophy ... His work is rigorous, refreshing and original ... and examines a number of fundamental issues with clarity and penetration'.

In For Education Wilfred Carr provides a comprehensive justification for reconstructing educational theory and research as a form of critical inquiry. In doing this, he confronts a number of important philosophical questions. What is educational theory? What is an educational practice? How are theory and practice related? What is the role of values in educational research? Is a genuinely educational science possible? By appealing to developments in critical theory, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of the social sciences, Wilfred Carr provides answers to these questions which vindicate the idea of an educational science that is not 'on' or 'about' education but 'for education' - a science genuinely committed to promoting educational values and ideals.
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Carr (education, U. of Sheffield), a philosopher working in the British tradition of educational philosophy, provides a justification for reconstructing educational theory and research as a form of critical inquiry. He addresses questions concerning the definitions and relationship of educational theory and practice and the role of values in educational research, and vindicates the idea of an educational science committed to promoting educational values. Distributed by Taylor & Francis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780335191864
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Companies, The
  • Publication date: 2/28/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.35 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgements
Prologue: Theorizing educational practice 1
Introduction: Becoming an educational philosopher 18
1 The gap between theory and practice 29
2 Theories of theory and practice 40
3 Adopting an educational philosophy 52
4 What is an educational practice? 60
5 Can educational research be scientific? 77
6 Philosophy, values and an educational science 87
7 Whatever happened to action research? 100
8 The idea of an educational science 108
9 Epilogue: Confronting the postmodernist challenge 120
Notes 129
References and Bibliography 137
Index 144
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