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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
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...more
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...more
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...more
Hasani Ferguson
I really enjoyed this book. Especially the break down of the different philosophies. Nel Noddings did a excellent job breaking down the history of education and it's different school of thoughts.
Since it assumes readers have some background in philosophy, it shouldn't be used as text book for an introductory course.
Billie Pritchett
Will review later.
Deb Butler
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."
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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...more
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