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EDU 580: Philosophy of Education


The Philosophy of Education is an exciting course that provides an opportunity to examine some of the important ideas of the major thinkers on education who have influenced the development of our education systems. These ideas address issues of educational practice and policy. The course will provide opportunities for you to develop a reasoned philosophy of education; furthermore, the course will also provide opportunities to examine and analyze important aspects of your own educational system regardless of where you operate and regardless of the prevailing cultural, ideological and material backgrounds. As this is a graduate course, it is important for you to be open-minded and receptive to the perspectives presented even if you do not agree with them. Examination of topics will occur largely within the context of perspectives on education and philosophy.


Ronald Woods and Robin Barrow. (2006). An Introduction to Philosophy of Education, 4th Edition. 978-0-415-38127-7.

Gerald L. Gutek. (2009). New Perspectives on Philosophy and Education. 978-0-205-59433-7.