Engaging ideas, transforming minds
Engaging ideas, transforming minds

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Canadian Scholars
131 pages
6 x 9 inches
March 2015
Print ISBN: 9781551307206


This book introduces students to the broad social, political, and philosophical questions surrounding education theory and practice. Examining five of the most influential philosophers of all time—Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Rousseau, and Dewey—the text provides insight into historical theories of education that have shaped contemporary ideas and debates. By engaging with important thinkers in the philosophical tradition, readers will be better equipped to critically evaluate the role and meanings of education in their own lives, both as students and as teachers.

Written in an accessible tone, Foundations of Education engages the reader and invites dialogue and reflection. Each chapter includes excerpts from philosophical writings, learning activities, and discussion questions, and the book also features a glossary of key terms. This volume is ideally suited to undergraduate courses in the philosophy of education and general education theory.

Table of Contents


Introduction: Setting the Foundations for a Philosophy of Education
Chapter 1: Plato
Chapter 2: Aristotle
Chapter 3: Locke
Chapter 4: Rousseau
Chapter 5: Dewey



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