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Explore major philosophical systems and learn how these systems and ideologies contribute to educational theory through this new book, Perspectives on Philosophy and Education, by well-known author Dr. Gerald L. Gutek. In drawing out the educational implications of these philosophies, ideologies, and theories, Dr. Gutek places them in the context of education, schooling, curriculum, and instruction. A jargon-free narrative creates an inviting reading experience and helps make complicated issues accessible and understandable.


  • Part I examines philosophy and education, idealism, realism, pragmatism, existentialism, and postmodernism, and analyzes their educational implications.
  • Part II examines ideology, nationalism, liberalism, conservatism, and Marxism, and analyzes their educational implications.
  • Part III deals with theory, essentialism, progressivism, social reconstructionism, critical theory, and globalization in terms of their meaning for education.


  • A chapter on postmodernism, a highly significant philosophy with major academic influence
  • A chapter on the influence of globalization, which puts the conflicts relating to this topic into an ideological framework
  • An expansive discussion of the complexity and relevance of realism, including Aristotelian, Thomist, and scientific realism
  • New insights into existentialism in light of the current emphasis on spirituality and faith-based initiatives


  • A list of website links related to philosophy, ideology, and theories of education located at the end of each chapter
  • Formative questions presented in each chapter encouraging readers to construct their own philosophy of education
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780205594337
  • Publisher: Pearson
  • Publication date: 8/15/2008
  • Series: Pearson Custom Education Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Part I: Philosophy and Education

1. Philosophy and Education

2. Idealism and Education

3. Realism and Education

4. Theistic Realism and Education

5. Pragmatism and Education

6. Existentialism and Education

7. Philosophical Analysis and Education

8. Postmodernism and Education

Part II: Ideology and Education

9. Ideology and Education

10. Nationalism and Education

11. Liberalism and Education

12. Conservatism and Education

13. Marxism and Education

14. Liberation Pedagogy and Education

Part III: Theory and Education

15. Theory and Education

16. Essentialism and Education

17. Perennialism and Education

18. Progressivism and Education

19. Critical Theory and Education

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Very helpful and informative

    I bought this book because it was an updated version of a Gutek text required for an Educational Leadership class. I found this book to be helpful and informative. It is comprehensive and takes a difficult topic - educational philosophy - and makes it understandable.

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