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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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"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: 9780813384306
  • Publisher: Westview Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/1995
  • Series: Dimensions of Philosophy Series
  • Edition description: Older Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 240
  • Lexile: 1270L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.84 (w) x 9.14 (h) x 0.71 (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
Introduction 1
1 Philosophy of Education Before the Twentieth Century 4
Socrates and Plato 6
Aristotle 12
Rousseau 14
Pestalozzi, Herbart, and Froebel 18
2 The Philosophical and Educational Thought of John Dewey 23
Dewey's Philosophical Orientation 24
The Meaning and Aims of Education 25
Dewey's Psychology 28
Dewey's Theory of Knowledge 31
Democracy and Education 33
The Place of Subject Matter 37
Dewey Today: An Assessment 38
3 Analytic Philosophy 41
Philosophical Analysis in Education 42
The Analysis of Teaching 45
Current Analyses of Teaching 52
4 Continental Philosophy 58
Existentialism 58
Phenomenology 65
Critical Theory 67
Hermeneutics 71
Postmodernism 72
5 Logic and Critical Thinking 78
Formal Logic 78
Informal Logic 85
McPeck's View of Critical Thinking 89
An Alternative Approach 91
6 Epistemology and Education 98
Justified True Belief 99
Foundationalism 100
Truth 103
Nonfoundational Theories of Knowledge 105
Epistemology and Education 111
Constructivism 115
7 Philosophy of Social Science and Educational Research 121
How Does Science Grow? 121
A Debate in Educational Research 126
Some Examples 131
8 Ethics and Moral Education 136
Pre-Enlightenment Ethics 137
Enlightenment Ethics 141
Utilitarianism 143
Deweyan Ethics 146
Moral Education 149
Cognitive Developmentalism 151
9 Social and Political Philosophy 160
The Current Debate 160
Justice and Equality in Education 165
10 Feminism, Philosophy, and Education 179
Feminist Critiques of Philosophy 179
Epistemology 182
Philosophy of Social Science 184
Ethics 186
Care and Education 190
Epilogue 198
Notes 201
Bibliography 216
About the Book and Author 222
Index 223
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