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Joldersma, Clarence W. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2020
The essay develops a case study about a young boy playing with a toy train to address neoliberalism's problematic discourse that depicts learning as instrumental, as something that can be caused by teaching. This paper's perspective is enactive, taking the view that central to understanding learning is not the mind or brain working in isolation…
Descriptors: Case Studies, Neoliberalism, Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods
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Bakker, Colin; Dubensky, Kate; Harvey, Lyndze; McDonough, Graham P. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
In teacher education programs, there is a prevalent belief that having teacher candidates compose personalized 'my philosophy of education' (MPE) statements is a valuable exercise that prepares them for the teaching profession. This paper argues that the prevailing intentions for, and common practice of, assigning these MPE statements to teacher…
Descriptors: Teacher Education Programs, Preservice Teachers, Educational Philosophy, Constructivism (Learning)
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Barrow, Robin – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
This essay argues for the urgent need for philosophy as the necessary first step in any educational undertaking. Philosophy is involved with making fine distinctions which are necessary to clarify concepts and terms. The paper focuses primarily on the problems with an overreliance on scientific research in the social sciences, with special…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Social Sciences, Scientific Research, Educational Research
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Ruitenberg, Claudia – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
Robin Barrow has critiqued the use of the concept of "skill" for a wide range of human attributes that are not skills in the precise sense he articulated, namely: "a capacity that is discrete and can be perfected through practice and exercise." Skill talk has persisted, though today commonly under the guise of "competency…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Discourse Analysis, Interpersonal Competence, Moral Values
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Martin, Jack – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2019
This paper offers a defense of Robin Barrow's main arguments in "Giving Teaching Back to Teachers", including additional material concerning the inability of the aggregate data and statistical methods employed in research in education (and research on teaching) to speak to individual teachers and students or to particular classrooms.…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Teaching Methods, Educational Research, Social Sciences
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Allen, Ansgar – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
This paper considers the plight of Western education and the demands it makes upon us. It argues that the feared end of education underpins and unduly shackles reflection on the current crisis of education. As a spectral, abysmal prospect, it both fetters and stimulates educational critique, mobilising critique to the support of a cause it cannot…
Descriptors: Western Civilization, Educational Philosophy, Criticism, Educational History
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Hayden, Matthew J. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Cosmopolitan education has been much theorized, discussed, and proposed, but what exactly might it look like and what specific processes might it involve? Cosmopolitanism's recognition of shared humanity and the subsequent entailment of democratic inclusion make explicit the moral and political nature of cosmopolitan education and philosophy. As…
Descriptors: Moral Values, Ethics, Educational Philosophy, Epistemology
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Knight, Kathleen Abowitz – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Agonistic critiques of democratic theory conceptualize democracy as a site of conflict and struggle; as the fight against privatization escalates, these critiques become more relevant for educational governance. Public education governance has, in addition, increasingly been the site of conflicts between federal, state and local levels, as…
Descriptors: Criticism, Educational Philosophy, Public Schools, Educational Policy
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Warnick, Bryan; Yacek, Douglas; Robinson, Shannon – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Being responsive to the experiences, ideas, and stories of others is an essential trait for democratic citizens. Responsiveness promotes the general welfare, shows respect for others, and allows for what Tony Laden (2012) has called the social practice of reasoning. Political theorists have shown how responsiveness is a middle ground between…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Democratic Values, Citizenship Education, Moral Values
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Colgan, Andrew D. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Many symposia and special journal issues over the last several decades have been devoted to concerns about the decline of philosophy in teacher education programs. I pursued an answer for my doctoral project and found institutional explanations are rarely invoked in the "decline literature." I have sketched here the theory and have shown…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Organizational Theories
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Gereluk, Dianne – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Increased wellness and mental health strategies have been implemented across campuses in postsecondary institutions, reflective of the broader discourse on mental health and wellness in society. University responses have included student and staff engagement surveys, academic plans that include wellness, and institutional mental health strategies.…
Descriptors: Well Being, Mental Health, Wellness, Health Promotion
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Martin, Christopher – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
Does the liberal state have a role in helping mature citizens make worthwhile educational choices? The question has clear relevance for the aims of higher education in a liberal democratic society. As systems of higher education internationalize, it has become difficult for liberal states to steer higher education policy in directions that serve…
Descriptors: Higher Education, International Education, Government Role, Decision Making
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Kotzee, Ben – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
In this paper, I investigate two clashing perspectives regarding the good of the university: a socioeconomic and an epistemic perspective. I position current writing on the university in the philosophy of education as being largely socio-economic and contrast this view to an earlier tradition of writing about the university that I position as…
Descriptors: Epistemology, Higher Education, Educational Philosophy, College Role
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Schultz, Christie – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2017
This paper examines the potential of the term "settler ally" to create productive discomfort alongside productive comfort, thereby creating space for positive social change. The setting in which the term is examined is Canada--Alberta in particular--following the release of the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission…
Descriptors: Social Change, Educational Philosophy, Guidelines, Teaching Methods
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Allen, Ansgar – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2017
The republication of Nietzsche's lectures "On the Future of Our Educational Institutions" invites reconsideration of Nietzsche's thought on education. Though there is much in these lectures that might appeal to those struggling for the future of the humanities, or for the future of education more generally, I argue against their use in…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Humanities, Futures (of Society), Educational Attitudes
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