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Philosophy of Education

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Acclaimed as the "best overview in the field" by the Teaching Philosophy and predicted to "become the standard textbook in philosophy of education" by Educational Theory, this now-classic text includes an entirely new chapter on problems of school reform, examining issues of equality, accountability, standards, and testing.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 26th 2006 by Westview Press (first published 1995)
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Q Crain
Jan 13, 2013 Q Crain rated it it was amazing
This book does two things superbly:

1. Offers a theory of education which has a real chance of resulting in the type of person we all want as fellow citizens and friends; AND

2. Gives a summary of various Philosopies such as: Pragmatism, Utilitarianism, Existenialism, Epistemology, and topics such as: Morality, Science, Testing, and Feminism, as they relate in and to Education.

Because Noddings is not a "philosopher", she is easy to read. This makes this book an accessible way into these ideas. A
Nov 27, 2010 Jeff rated it liked it
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This overview of the philosophy of education is a good survey of thinking on education through the ages. Noddings comes to the subject with a strong commitment to dialogue between competing view points, and thus presents a wide variety of perspectives on concepts as diverse as logic, epistemology, ethics, equity, and accountability.

However, her own strong conviction for an ethic of care overshadows the presentation of competing perspectives. Noddings argues that unbiased reporting is impossible
May 11, 2014 Paul rated it it was amazing
I am not sure I would understand the educational philosophy of Dewey without this book. I certainly would struggle with phenomenology. Noddings addresses all of the great questions of education in this book. What is learning? What is teaching? What is truth? What is the purpose of education? Is there only one purpose? How much education for who?

She also includes a greatest hits of the top educational philosophers, with Dewey getting the most "air time." I highly recommend this book to anyone wi
Christopher Covey
Great Summary of Philosophical Issues and their Relation to Education

For in service teachers, an excellent and thoughtful book on Western philosophical and how they relate to the contemporary practices in the field of education today.
Billie Pritchett
The first part of Nel Nodding's Philosophy of Education is pretty good. in the first part she sets up the different views on philosophy of education, sweeping through ancient to contemporary philosophy in two chapters. She has a fair chapter on Critical Thinking and its role in educational theory. After that, the book drags quite a bit. The book appears to be more interested in tangent topics rather than the topic of philosophy of education. To take an example, in a chapter regarding morality an ...more
This book attempted an overview of educational philosophy but was a bit too advanced for me. While I appreciated the examples and clarifications, I was still often lost in the language and the author's opinions too often clouded the explanations as I neared the end of the text. I believe if I read it again after a few more years of study it would be quite useful.
Deb Butler
Jan 04, 2013 Deb Butler rated it liked it
Philosophy of Education by Nel Noddings had some good, valid points about education. However, there were also a few chapters that delved a little too deeply into what "truth" is and how to be "logical."
Efe Misirli
Dec 31, 2015 Efe Misirli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent, comprehensive and surprisingly readable account of Philosophy of Education. Exceed my expectations.
Jan 05, 2016 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A good read and a solid introduction to educational philosophy. Has a bit of jargon at times though, and could use more descriptive examples to make the material more memorable.
Feb 05, 2014 Ali rated it it was ok
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Since it assumes readers have some background in philosophy, it shouldn't be used as text book for an introductory course.
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Nel Noddings is an American feminist, educationalist, and philosopher best known for her work in philosophy of education, educational theory, and ethics of care.

Noddings received a bachelors degree in mathematics and physical science from Montclair State College in New Jersey, a masters degree in mathematics from Rutgers University, and a Ph.D. in education from the Stanford University School of E
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