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Smith, Spencer J. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2019
Philosophers of education have long contemplated how the normative charge of education might include disruption of the status quo. Thinking about our work as being in battle with the status quo, though, is problematic. Partly, the author agrees with thinkers like George S. Counts that education can be a vehicle for social reconstruction. But he is…
Descriptors: Educational Change, Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Democratic Values
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Novakowski, Julia – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2018
In the 2011-2012 school year, the teaching population was 82% white, a percentage that has barely changed in over two decades despite significant changes in the diversity of the student body. Considering this gap, as the demographics of students transform and representation in teaching remains largely homogenous, a conversation on pluralism and…
Descriptors: Cultural Pluralism, Educational Philosophy, Social Change, Moral Values
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Watras, Joseph – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
This paper will consider whether Martin Buber's affirmation of relationships offers a means for people to cooperate in seeking social change. On the one hand, Buber determined that the essence of humanity was in the relationships people formed. On the other hand, he did not think that genuinely mutual relationships could fuel political…
Descriptors: Interpersonal Relationship, Social Change, Cooperation, Religious Factors
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Liu, Xiangdong – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2014
In this article, the author examines Dewey's moral deliberation. Liu argues that Dewey's work will enrich both character education and Kohlberg's moral education. Liu focuses on character education and on Kohlberg's moral education because these are the two dominant approaches. Character education seeks to cultivate good…
Descriptors: Values Education, Moral Values, Citizenship Education, Children
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Gunzenhauser, Michael G. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2013
In this address, the author builds the case that a new political economy of education, dominated by what Pauline Lipman calls the "neo-liberal social imaginary," is changing the moral context in which educators imagine their professional roles. The author argues that educators are placed in relation to others in rather complicated…
Descriptors: Ethics, Presidents, Speeches, Educational Philosophy
Watras, Joseph – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this comparative essay, the author discusses the opposing educational theories of John Dewey and Gregory Bateson. While Dewey believed that the scientific method was the dominant method of solving problems and thereby acquiring knowledge that mattered, Bateson warned that this one-sided approach would lead to actions that could destroy the…
Descriptors: Social Problems, Educational Theories, Scientific Methodology, Ecology
Scalia, Joseph, III; Scalia, Lynne – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2011
In this essay, the authors propose that there are certain psychoanalytic insights, at the intersection of the clinical and of critical social theory, which become crucial at precisely the point of recognizing the hidden curriculum. They contend that it is at this point that a political actor, and an educator or educational theorist interested in…
Descriptors: Hidden Curriculum, Poverty, Educational Policy, Social Theories
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Watras, Joseph – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
The term "globalization" is relatively new. Alfred E. Eckes, Jr. and Thomas W. Zeiler credit Theodore Levitt for coining the word in 1983 in an article in the Harvard Business Review. In a short time, other authors adopted the term. Thomas Freidman, for example, used the phrase to define the 1990s. Freidman claimed that the world had entered a new…
Descriptors: Language Maintenance, Cultural Maintenance, Political Attitudes, Indigenous Populations
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Osgood, Robert L. – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2010
The year was 1909. The United States was in the throes of tremendous social and institutional changes: a rapidly diversifying population, dramatic shifts in political and economic structures, the rise of Progressivism as a paradigm for social reform and social control, and the intense and often grating sounds of a public education system really…
Descriptors: Educational History, United States History, Public Education, Social Change
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Heybach, Jessica – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2009
In 2006 the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) removed the phrase "social justice" from its glossary definition of dispositions. Initially, many educators were disappointed by what seemed like an abrupt removal of this educational value. But in the years since, little has been said or done to understand what, exactly,…
Descriptors: Social Justice, Social Change, Criticism, Language Usage
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Watras, Joseph – Philosophical Studies in Education, 2007
In the last years of the nineteenth century, educational psychologists created what they called a "science of education." Their aim was to make education a professional field, thereby freeing teachers and school administrators from political interference, and they believed they could do this by concentrating on studies that might…
Descriptors: Politics, Scientific Research, Classroom Techniques, Educational Philosophy