ERIC Number: EJ794934
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Reference Count: 131
Is Our History of Educational Philosophy Mostly Wrong?: The Case of Isocrates
Muir, James R.
Theory and Research in Education, v3 n2 p165-195 2005
There are two very different accounts of the history of educational philosophy and ideas presently available. One account is the work of historical scholars and classicists, and is based on thorough historical research. The other account is the work of educationists and philosophers, and is generally based on little or no historical research in the history of educational thought. Consequently, the prevailing accounts of the history of educational philosophy produced by educationists and philosophers over the past 50 years are remarkably inaccurate. The inaccuracies are of two kinds: (1) the unequalled influence of the educational ideas and practices of Isocrates, Plato's rival, is almost wholly unrecognised, and (2) knowledge of the tradition of autonomous educational thought has been lost. Contemporary educational philosophy has much to gain, both in new methods and ideas and in the recovery of some of the academic credibility it still lacks, by recovering the legacy of Isocrates and the tradition of autonomous educational thought.
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Intellectual History, Educational Theories, Educational History, Trend Analysis, Educational Principles, Epistemology, Case Studies, Inquiry, Academic Discourse
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