A recent review of his work describes Wilfred Carr as 'one of the most brilliant philosophers now working in the rich British tradition of educational philosophy ... His work is rigorous, refreshing and original ... and examines a number of fundamental issues with clarity and penetration'.
In For Education Wilfred Carr provides a comprehensive justification for reconstructing educational theory and research as a form of critical inquiry. In doing this, he confronts a number of important philosophical questions. What is educational theory? What is an educational practice? How are theory and practice related? What is the role of values in educational research? Is a genuinely educational science possible? By appealing to developments in critical theory, the philosophy of science and the philosophy of the social sciences, Wilfred Carr provides answers to these questions which vindicate the idea of an educational science that is not 'on' or 'about' education but 'for education' - a science genuinely committed to promoting educational values and ideals.
"...an excellent work...All who aspire to the emancipation that a truly educational practice brings will be delighted withFor Education. It is a clearly written and well argued attack on the contemporary tradition of educational theorizing, practice and research." - Studies in Education
Prologue by Stephen Kemmis
Introduction: Becoming an Educational Philosopher
PART ONE. THEORIZING EDUCATION: The Gap between Theory and Practice
Theories of Theory and Practice
Adopting an Educational Philosophy
What is an Educational Practice?
PART TWO. TOWARDS A CRITICAL EDUCATIONAL SCIENCE: Can Educational Research be Scientific?
Philosophy, Values and an Educational Science
Whatever Happened to Action Research?
The Idea of an Educational Science
Epilogue: Resisting the Postmodernist Challenge
Notes and References
Series: UK Higher Education OUP Humanities & Social Sciences Education OUP
Tertiary; University or College
Published: 1st February 1995
Publisher: Open University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.0
Weight (kg): 0.25
Edition Number: 1