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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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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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Siegel, Harvey – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
This comment is in response to Andrew D. Colgan's article in a previous issue of the journal. While the author finds Colgan's institutional analysis compelling and agrees his proposed "deinstitutionalizing solutions" of reviving teacher culture and return teacher education preparation to teachers' colleges. He proposes a third remedy,…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Educational Trends, Trend Analysis, Teacher Education Programs
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Tanchuk, Nicolas; Kruse, Marc; McDonough, Kevin – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
In Canada, several universities have recently implemented course requirements in Indigenous studies as a condition of graduation, while others are considering following suit. Policies making Indigenous course requirements (hereafter ICRs) compulsory have caused considerable controversy. According to proponents, a main purpose of ICRs is to address…
Descriptors: Indigenous Populations, Canada Natives, Foreign Countries, Required Courses
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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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McCowan, Tristan – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2018
The idea of the "developmental university" was popularised on the African continent in the post-independence period, but has recently returned to view on account of the positioning of the university in the newly agreed United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The developmental model is characterised by service to society,…
Descriptors: Universities, Sustainable Development, Higher Education, Models
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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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Callan, Eamonn – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2016
Recent student demands within the academy for "safe space" have aroused concern about the constraints they might impose on free speech and academic freedom. There are as many kinds of safety as there are threats to the things that human beings might care about. That is why we need to be very clear about the specific threats of which the…
Descriptors: Safety, Freedom of Speech, Human Dignity, Intellectual Freedom
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Ben-Porath, Sigal – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2016
In his excellent paper, Callan (2016) differentiates intellectual safety, which fosters smugness, indifference and lack of effort, from dignity safety, which is needed for participation, learning and engagement. He suggests that college classrooms that reject the first and espouse the second would be ones that focus on "cultivating…
Descriptors: Safety, Human Dignity, College Students, Higher Education
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Turcotte-Summers, Jonathan – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2016
In this article, Turcotte-Summers responds to Eamonn Callan's essay "Education in Safe and Unsafe Spaces" (2016) with three main counterarguments. First, the correct response to the systemic oppressions faced by our students is not a more liberal but a more liberatory and radical education. Second, dignity safety is not a useful…
Descriptors: Educational Philosophy, Safety, Academic Freedom, Justice
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Morton, Jennifer M. – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2016
In this paper, I reflect on the changing role of higher education by focusing on the case of online education. I consider the promise of online education as a means to mitigate educational inequalities. Based on the available empirical evidence, I argue that this promise is unlikely to be fulfilled because online education is not well-suited to…
Descriptors: Online Courses, Higher Education, Equal Education, Interpersonal Competence
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Finefter-Rosenbluh, Ilana; Levinson, Meira – Philosophical Inquiry in Education, 2015
Grade inflation is a global phenomenon that has garnered widespread condemnation among educators, researchers, and the public. Yet, few have deliberated over the ethics of grading, let alone the ethics of grade inflation. The purpose of this paper is to map out and examine the ethics of grade inflation. By way of beginning, we clarify why grade…
Descriptors: Grade Inflation, Ethics, Social Problems, Victims