This innovative degree is specifically for teachers of philosophy in schools, particularly those who deliver, or wish to deliver, the AQA A Level in Philosophy. Not surprisingly, feminist philosophers of education have been in the vanguard of the critique of this position (Martin 1985). But it’s perhaps precisely this disjuncture – between what universities purport to do and what happens in society – that starts to explain why knowledge in Africa has become so misplaced. Dewey created an educational philosophy that answers all the issues that emerged from the educational philosophy of idealism. Mario D’Souza is a member of the Congregation of St Basil and Basilian Fathers Chair in Religion and Education in the Faculty of Theology at University of St Michael’s College, University of Toronto.
An extremely important part of a philosophy of teaching statement is the description of how one’s concepts about teaching and learning and goals for students are translated into action. In St. Augustine’s work the educational ideal was organized wholly around God and the theological view of his relation to things; a similar description applies to Thomas Aquinas’s thought about education. The Perennial philosophy of education gives great value to books and great works of arts and sciences. After Plato’s work, nothing very novel was added to philosophy of education for some seven centuries.
No wonder educational discourse has occasionally been likened to Babel, for the differences in backgrounds and assumptions means that there is much mutual incomprehension. Great philosophers have also been great educators: According to many, philosophy and education are like the sides of a coin, presenting different views of the same thing, and that the one is implied on the other. If one looks closely at these concepts , one can easily find that in any discourse on educational philosophy, these words make more frequent appearances.
David Moshman provides a psychological account of the development of rationality, while Gareth Matthews raises doubts concerning the contributions developmental psychology might make to the philosophical understanding of the various cognitive dimensions of education. Heidegger in his essay On Plato’s doctrine of truth clearly established the relevance of Plato’s thought for the 20th century, and those remarks are well taken even in the 21st century.
The School hosts a philosophy of education research seminar series , co-sponsored by the Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain. It is appropriate to start with a discussion of the rise and partial decline—but lasting influence of—analytic philosophy of education. Explore the site to find out more about our activities, our branches, our publications, and to discover resources for teaching and studying philosophy of education. I also teach 4th grade and will be using this blog to develop my philosophy of education.