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A History of Western Educational Ideas : Woburn Education Series, - Professor Peter Gordon

A History of Western Educational Ideas

Woburn Education Series,

Hardcover Published: 30th April 2002
ISBN: 9780713002195
Number Of Pages: 256

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There are many aspects of an education system that only make sense if we know how that system has developed over time. Part of this comes from knowing how institutions have changed, but it is also important to understand how ideas in education have developed.
This book discusses the continuous development of educational thought over three millennia. The focus upon the history of ideas in this volume is partly an attempt to move history of education away from an approach based on 'great men' to technological, economic and political influences on ideas and beliefs. It reviews many issues, ranging from the purposes of education from the earliest times, to the challenge of postmodernism in the present century. The authors provide an accessible and thought-provoking guide to the educational ideas that underlie practice.

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'Short but comprehensive and very readable summary of how teachers and thinkers over the ages have tried to resolve the problems and paradoxes that education poses ... This book is practical and academic. Teachers and students will find that it clarifies their knowledge and their thinking; those who want to contribute to the great debate will find it a stimulating companion and guide' - Times Higher Education Supplement

Introduction: A History of Western Educational Ideasp. 1
The Greeksp. 10
The Romansp. 22
The Judaeo-Christian Traditionp. 31
Medieval Europe and the Influence of Islamp. 44
Humanism and the Renaissancep. 57
The Reformation and the Counter-Reformation to the End of the Seventeenth Centuryp. 69
The Eighteenth Century: The Enlightenmentp. 87
Romanticismp. 101
Industrialism, Nationalism and the Cult of Efficiencyp. 115
The Idealist Traditionp. 133
The Development of the Social Sciences in the Nineteenth Century and their Influence on Educationp. 146
The Influence of Politics and Political Ideologies on Educational Ideasp. 169
The Second World War and After: Peace, Internationalism and Universal Literacyp. 185
Liberal Educationp. 194
Pedagogyp. 201
Genderp. 214
Conclusion: The End of Education?p. 228
Bibliographyp. 234
Indexp. 245
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ISBN: 9780713002195
ISBN-10: 0713002190
Series: Woburn Education Series,
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 30th April 2002
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.39 x 15.6  x 1.6
Weight (kg): 0.54
Edition Number: 1