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Philosophy of Education in Action


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Preface; Part I: How Does Philosophy Influence Education?; 1. Why Study Philosophy of Education?; 2. How Do I Conduct Inquiry into Philosophies of Education?; Part II: What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Objective, Universal Knowledge?; 3. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Enduring Ideas and Eternal Truths?; 4. What if ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Structure and Principles?; 5. What if ... the Purpose of Education were to Learn Essential Knowledge?; 6. Voices from Outside: What Do Others Wonder about the Perspectives?; Part III: What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn Subjective, Changing Knowledge?; 7. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Natural Development?; 8. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn According to Feeling and Imagination?; 9. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Solve Practical Problems?; 10. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn as a Community?; 11. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Transform Society?; 12. What If ... The Purpose of Education Were to Learn to Develop Individual Identity and Personal Freedom?; 13. More Voices: What Do Others Wonder about the Perspectives?; Part IV: How Do I Synthesize What I Have Learned into My Own Philosophy of Education?; 14. What If ... I Could Design My Own School?

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David W. Nicholson is Professor of Education at Stevenson University in Maryland, USA, where he teaches courses in philosophy of education and methods of teaching English/Language Arts and Social Studies.


Philosophy of Education in Action: An Inquiry-Based Approach is a practical and holistic introductory guide to creating, articulating, and implementing your educational philosophy. A philosophy of education statement represents the teacher candidate's first attempt to put their fundamental thoughts and attitudes into words that will form the foundation for future classroom decisions. Dr. Nicholson's text allows the reader to explore their philosophical leanings through observation and experience. Authentic, real-world examples encourage readers to reflect on practice and articulate their philosophical beliefs. My students have benefited from Dr. Nicholson's practical yet skilled approach to crafting their first educational philosophy.Thomas Brewster, Ed.D.Dean of the School of EducationBluefield College, VirginiaThis innovative book introduces philosophy of education by inviting readers to wonder "what if..." about the purpose of education, to explore related historical, philosophical, and pedagogical ideas, and evaluate multiple educational scenarios from the lens of one's own perspective and experience. Nicholson's approach fosters reflection that guides readers to examine and refine their views about teaching and learning and align those with classroom practices and the design of schools. The second edition contributes "other voices" for further critical engagement. This is a much-needed text in the field of teacher education. Justine M. Kane, Ph.D.Associate Professor of EducationAquinas CollegePhilosophy of Education in Action: An Inquiry-Based Approach (2nd edition) truly personalizes philosophy of education as readers analyze the influence and impact of philosophy on educational practices - at any level. This book engages teacher candidates, experienced teachers, school and district-based leaders, community members, and others in exploring philosophy of education through their educational experiences. Considering, understanding, and acting upon the connections between an educator's philosophy of education and the philosophic basis of what occurs in schooling is most important. This book makes philosophy of education genuinely accessible and connected to all aspects of the teaching and learning process. Francis (Skip) Fennell, Ph.D.; D.H.L.L. Stanley Bowlsbey Professor of Education and Graduate and Professional Studies EmeritusMcDaniel College, Westminster, MDPast-President, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)Past-President, Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE)Past-President, Research Council on Mathematics Learning (RCML)Past-Chair, U.S. National Commission on Mathematics InstructionThank you for Philosophy of Education in Action, 2nd edition. I just finished reading your absolutely wonderful text and I KNOW that this book will brilliantly fit the needs of my students in a graduate philosophy course that I teach, Educational Practices. I have been teaching such a course for many years. Through the years, the needs of my students have evolved. Currently, my students are in need of what this book delivers: a philosophical-based text grounded in solid scholarship with practical experience and thought-provoking questions. Thanks again for this wonderful read and sparking such creative thought.Steven W. Mackie, PhDProfessor of EducationJohn K. Martin Endowed ChairNorthwestern Oklahoma State University

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