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Structured around major movements in world history, the lives of leading educators, and the philosophies and ideologies that resulted from their ideas, this unique text provides a clear interdisciplinary exploration of the development of educational ideas. KEY TOPICS: The author takes a global perspective on the history and philosophy of education, capturing the essence Structured around major movements in world history, the lives of leading educators, and the philosophies and ideologies that resulted from their ideas, this unique text provides a clear interdisciplinary exploration of the development of educational ideas. KEY TOPICS: The author takes a global perspective on the history and philosophy of education, capturing the essence of educational evolution through the biographies of 23 theorists, philosophers, and educators. This biographical focus, combined with an introductory presentation of the inherent connections between education's major movements and its primary movers, helps students better understand the social and historical conditions that have informed today's educational arena. MARKET: For Historical Foundations of Education and Philosophical Foundations of Education courses.


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Structured around major movements in world history, the lives of leading educators, and the philosophies and ideologies that resulted from their ideas, this unique text provides a clear interdisciplinary exploration of the development of educational ideas. KEY TOPICS: The author takes a global perspective on the history and philosophy of education, capturing the essence Structured around major movements in world history, the lives of leading educators, and the philosophies and ideologies that resulted from their ideas, this unique text provides a clear interdisciplinary exploration of the development of educational ideas. KEY TOPICS: The author takes a global perspective on the history and philosophy of education, capturing the essence of educational evolution through the biographies of 23 theorists, philosophers, and educators. This biographical focus, combined with an introductory presentation of the inherent connections between education's major movements and its primary movers, helps students better understand the social and historical conditions that have informed today's educational arena. MARKET: For Historical Foundations of Education and Philosophical Foundations of Education courses.

30 review for Historical and Philosophical Foundations of Education: A Biographical Introduction

  1. 4 out of 5

    Meg Goss

    A hefty, dry read required for one of my Master's courses. While this book is often bogged down with too many details describing the social and historical context of each educational philosopher's life, the concepts provide a framework for understanding contemporary American education. Like my experience with The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, I found myself skipping the social/historical explanations and getting right to the educational imp A hefty, dry read required for one of my Master's courses. While this book is often bogged down with too many details describing the social and historical context of each educational philosopher's life, the concepts provide a framework for understanding contemporary American education. Like my experience with The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair That Changed America, I found myself skipping the social/historical explanations and getting right to the educational implications. I learned a lot from this book, and it helped me think through my philosophy of education paper, but I would not recommend it unless you're incredibly passionate about education or a masochist.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Spacek Kim

    Education is not all about learning how to read, write, and do math in order to move forward society with basic literacy and communication skills. Many educational philosophers saw education as a political and social way to influence and manage people. For me, being an educator has always been about getting students the tools they need for their future. As individuals, they can make up their own political and social minds based on what they hear from their parents, media, and learn in school. Ed Education is not all about learning how to read, write, and do math in order to move forward society with basic literacy and communication skills. Many educational philosophers saw education as a political and social way to influence and manage people. For me, being an educator has always been about getting students the tools they need for their future. As individuals, they can make up their own political and social minds based on what they hear from their parents, media, and learn in school. Education is not about programming students for the society we believe we should impose on others.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Rachel Robins

    For a textbook on educational philosophy, this one was solid. I really appreciate how Gutek thoughtfully organized and crafted each chapter. It was written in more of a narrative form, which made it easy to understand and the organization of each chapter was the same throughout the book, which made it easier to comprehend and find information. It's not exactly a thrill-a-minute subject, so I was impressed at the craftsmanship of the writing. I learned a lot about many incredible people:) For a textbook on educational philosophy, this one was solid. I really appreciate how Gutek thoughtfully organized and crafted each chapter. It was written in more of a narrative form, which made it easy to understand and the organization of each chapter was the same throughout the book, which made it easier to comprehend and find information. It's not exactly a thrill-a-minute subject, so I was impressed at the craftsmanship of the writing. I learned a lot about many incredible people:)

  4. 5 out of 5

    Camille Sylvester

    Great textbook!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Doty

    I think even the author and editor got bored with this book; the number of typos increased exponentially after about the half-way point. I was also disappointed in the overall lack of diversity. 25 chapters, of those, 3 were not white (Confucius, Gandhi and W. E. B. Du Bois) and 3 were women (Mary Wollstonecraft, Jane Addams and Maria Montessori). Disappointing

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