Philosophy of Education / Edition 3

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Acclaimed as the "best overview in the field" by the Teaching Philosophy and predicted to "become the standard textbook in philosophy of education" by Educational Theory, this now-classic text includes an entirely new chapter on problems of school reform, examining issues of equality, accountability, standards, and testing.
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Editorial Reviews

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"Nel Noddings writes straightforwardly and lucidly about the complex ideas of both classic and contemporary philosophers of education. She has the rare ability to show the relevance of philosophy to the concrete practical problems that teachers face in the classroom… It is difficult to imagine a more ideal introduction for potential teachers to the rich subject of the philosophy of education."
—Richard J. Bernstein, New School for Social Research

“Nel Noddings, one of the most well-known and well-respected philosophers of education working today, gives us here an excellent, up-to-date and state of the art text.… It fills a real need and will surely, and deservedly, become the standard textbook in philosophy of education.… Noddings consistently brings the student/reader to a clear sense of the ways in which philosophical controversies are relevant to educational debate.… I highly recommend it for use in introduction to philosophy of education classes at all levels, and for more advanced classes as well.”
Teaching Philosophy

“Serves as an admirable introduction to the philosophy of education.… Educators…will find the book most useful as an initial resource.”
Educational Research

“This book offers religious educators a clear, well-organized introduction to the subject.”

“An elegant contribution from a ‘masterful’ teacher. Vintage Noddings, it synthesizes, interprets, and updates the field as no other. Surely a wonderful and needed addition.”
—Lynda Stone, University of North Carolina

“Noddings provides a highly readable invitation to enter into ‘the immortal conversation’ on life and education. This is a fresh and enticing analysis of what constitutes philosophy of education.”
—Mary Anne Raywid, Hofstra University

“An outstanding contribution. In one volume, Nel Noddings offers a comprehensive and well-informed introduction to the issues and authors shaping the field of philosophy of education in this century. Noddings explains the major debates in an admirably clear and even-handed manner. This is the best overview of the field available today.”
—Nicholas Burbules, Educational Theory

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780813345314
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 7/26/2011
  • Edition description: Third Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 146,432
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Nel Noddings is Lee L. Jacks Professor of Education Emerita at Stanford University. She has taught at the elementary, junior high, senior high, and college levels and has served as acting dean of the School of Education at Stanford University. In addition to many articles and reviews on a broad range of educational issues, her works include Education and Democracy in the 21st Century, Caring: A Feminine Approach to Ethics and Moral Education; Women and Evil; The Challenge to Care in Schools; Educating for Intelligent Belief or Unbelief; Starting at Home: Caring and Social Policy; Educating Moral People; Happiness and Education; Educating Citizens for Global Awareness; Critical Lessons: What Our Schools Should Teach; and The Maternal Factor: Two Paths to Morality.

Noddings is also past president of the National Academy of Education, the Philosophy of Education Society, and the John Dewey Society. At Stanford, she received the Award for Teaching Excellence three times. She holds six honorary doctorates and many other awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award from American Educational Research Association (Division B).

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Table of Contents

List of Figures xi

Preface xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

1 Philosophy of Education Before the Twentieth Century 1

Socrates and Plato 3

Aristotle 10

Rousseau 13

Pestalozzi, Herbart, and Froebel 18

Summary Questions 21

Introduction to the Literature 22

2 The Philosophical and Educational Thought John Dewey 23

Dewey's Philosophical Orientation 24

The Meaning and Aims of Education 26

Dewey's Psychology 29

Dewey's Theory of Knowledge 32

Democracy and Education 35

The Place of Subject Matter 39

Dewey Today: An Assessment 40

Summary Questions 41

Introduction to the Literature 42

3 Analytic Philosophy 43

Philosophical Analysis in Education 44

The Analysis of Teaching 47

Current Analyses of Teaching 57

Summary Questions 60

Introduction to the Literature 60

4 Continental Philosophy 61

Existentialism 61

Phenomenology 70

Critical Theory 72

Hermeneutics 76

Postmodernism 77

Summary Questions 82

Introduction to the Literature 83

5 Logic and Critical Thinking 85

Formal Logic 85

Informal Logic 92

McPeck's View of Critical Thinking 98

An Alternative Approach 99

Summary Questions 105

Introduction to the Literature 106

6 Epistemology and Education 107

Justified True Belief 108

Foundationalism 110

Truth 113

Nonfoundational Theories of Knowledge 116

Epistemology and Education 122

Constructivism 126

Summary Questions 131

Introduction to the Literature 132

7 Philosophy of Social Science and Educational Research 133

How Does Science Grow? 133

A Debate in Educational Research 139

Some Examples 145

Summary Questions 148

Introduction to the Literature 149

8 Ethics and Moral Education 151

Pre-Enlightenment Ethics 152

Enlightenment Ethics 157

Utilitarianism 159

Deweyan Ethics 163

Moral Education 166

Cognitive Developmentalism 168

Summary Questions 175

Introduction to the Literature 176

9 Social and Political Philosophy 177

The Current Debate 177

Justice and Equality in Education 183

Summary Questions 197

Introduction to the Literature 198

10 Problems of School Reform 199

Equality 199

Accountability 204

Standards 207

Testing 210

Summary Questions 211

Introduction to the Literature 212

11 Multiculturalism and Cosmopolitanism 213

Multiculturalism 213

Cosmopolitanism 218

The Educator's Dilemma 219

Summary Questions 221

Introduction to the Literature 222

12 Feminism, Philosophy, and Education 223

Feminist Critiques of Philosophy 223

Epistemology 226

Philosophy of Social Science 229

Ethics 231

Care and Education 237

Summary Questions 245

Introduction to the Literature 246

Notes 247

Bibliography 265

Index 275

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    Until I read Nel Noddings, I was very frustrated with my Philoso

    Until I read Nel Noddings, I was very frustrated with my Philosophy in Education class.  This text allowed me to better understand concepts and ideas that are important in today's discussion in Education.  If you are interested in Education read this book.

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