A philosophy of education statement, sometimes called a teaching statement, should be a staple in every teacher’s portfolio. In the early 20th century, John Dewey was a figure of major importance, both in the first period of progressive education,” when he wrote Democracy and Education in 1916 (see Dewey 2008 , cited under Dewey, Democratic Education, and the Origins of American Pragmatism ), and thereafter in the 1980s, when his work was revitalized, especially at the hands of Richard Rorty, who extended pragmatism through his treatment of naturalism, liberalism, and ethnocentrism.
Cf. Siegel 2001.) B.. Smith and R.H. Ennis edited the volume Language and Concepts in Education (1961), and R.D. Archambault edited Philosophical Analysis and Education (1965), consisting of essays by a number of prominent British writers, most notably R.S. Peters (whose status in Britain paralleled that of Scheffler in the USA), Paul Hirst, and John Wilson.
Comenius also centered his philosophy of education around religious and theological doctrines, but his insistence on the future perfection of human life on earth and on the observation of nature in the search for effective teaching methods marks a beginning in the process of naturalizing the wholehearted supernatural Christian ideal of his predecessors.
The Ph.D. requirements include the following: Foundations of Education and Core Courses in the Philosophy of Education (15 points); Graduate Work in the Department of Philosophy of the Graduate School of Arts and Science (16 points); Specialty Courses in Philosophy of Education (18 points); History of Education (9 points); Research Dissertation, and Proposal Seminars (18 points); Electives (12 points).
The Centre has one of the largest teams of philosophers of education in the UK; their research interests include contemporary liberal political philosophy and its application to education and public policy; pragmatist philosophy of education, with a particular interest in semiotics; philosophy of friendship and civic loyalty; and ethics and education particularly in relation to higher education.