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ERIC Number: EJ1007051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1881-4832
Cultivating the Ground for the Study of Education as an Interdisciplinary Enterprise: A Philosophical Perspective
Misawa, Koichiro
Educational Studies in Japan: International Yearbook, n7 p37-49 Mar 2013
There has been no shortage in calls for interdisciplinary enquiry. Yet it is often difficult to know exactly what is intended by this in the fullest sense. What is interdisciplinary enquiry in its totality? If we do not know precisely what it is, how do we bring this kind of enterprise to fruition? The study of education, while being already interdisciplinary in some sense, is far from ideal. Whereas the sociology of education and educational psychology that are somehow "scientific" in character have retained widespread appeal, the history and philosophy of education, which are not necessarily scientific, have lost much of their appeal. This indicates that something has been left out of the development and expansion of the study of education. What has been left out, this paper asserts, is a broader reconsideration of the normative character of our knowing something in particular and of our lives in general. This paper draws on the combined conceptions of "the space of reasons" and "second nature" to fully acknowledge the need for an interdisciplinary perspective on the study of education and on the role of education itself in a broader context of human living. To develop an appreciation of these notions suggests that philosophical thinking should be open to, rather than proffered in intrinsic opposition to, empirical or "scientific" investigations. The happy consequence of such a position is that this would open up a far more inclusive terrain on which educational issues can be addressed. (Contains 17 notes.)
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