The philosophy of education is an important component of most education courses. The subject is often split into two traditions, one emphasising the use of analytic philosophy, the other engaging in radical social criticism. This book, first published in 1982, brings together the strengths of both traditions and takes stock of the debate. This study provides an interesting introduction to all the major philosophical issues in education which is different to many other works on the subject.

chapter 1|10 pages

Philosophy of Education

chapter 2|12 pages


chapter 3|18 pages

Teaching and Learning

chapter 4|13 pages

Teaching and Related Concepts

chapter 5|15 pages


chapter 6|12 pages

Autonomy, Community and Education

chapter 7|10 pages

The Justification of Education

chapter 8|11 pages

The Institutionalisation of Education

chapter 9|15 pages

Neutrality in Education

chapter 10|15 pages

Equality, Schooling and Education

chapter 11|14 pages


chapter 12|16 pages

Curriculum Choice

chapter 13|13 pages


chapter 14|20 pages

Assessment and Grading

chapter 15|15 pages

Children and Rights

chapter 16|10 pages

Education and Authority

chapter 17|11 pages

Schooling, Education and Discipline

chapter 18|12 pages

Education and Punishment

chapter 19|14 pages

Moral Education

chapter 20|12 pages

Religious Education